Mariental Embraces Global United

ON Thursday, 3 April the FNB Global United Climate Kick delegation was heartily embraced by the Mariental municipality and six primary schools at the Mariental Showgrounds.

A formal programme to kick off the festivities in the southern town was held and thereafter a number of photos were taken, while the players interacted with the children on FNB Namibia’s inflatable soccer pitch or talked to them and danced with them.

In his address, the Mayor of Mariental Alex Kamburute thanked the delegation for choosing Mariental and said that his town was well aware of climate change and the fact that everyone had to do their part to protect the planet.

“We are busy with a backyard gardening project which will be launched soon and we also hold various clean-up campaigns. Today we also planted 35 trees at various schools in Mariental. I call on all inhabitants of our town to continue to think of the environment in everything they do so that we preserve it for future generations.”

Wolfgang Schenck of Nuevas Ideas cc, consulting in Environmentally Sustainable Management Systems talked to the children about recycling, water wastage as well as electricity consumption, while Namibian soccer legend Collin Benjamin, who played for Hamburger SV and TSV 1860 Munchen in the German Bundesliga, while also representing Namibia at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, motivated and encouraged the children to learn, listen and read to ensure that they too achieve their dreams like he has done.

“I also grew up in poorer circumstances, but that did not hold me back. I was determined to make my grandmother who looked after me, proud, and worked and studied hard to achieve my dreams.”

Dixon Norval, Head of Strategic Marketing and Communications and FNB Namibia in his address said that as a bank they were there to help.

“Our slogan is – how can we help you – and this does not refer to finances only, but to the community, the environment and Mother Earth. Let us save together to make this a better place – Mariental should be green and clean.”

The highlight of the Climate Kick initiative was the soccer match between the Gondwana Hardap All Stars and FNB Global United at the Mariental Show grounds.

The game kicked off slowly but gained momentum after the Gondwana Hardap All Stars scored their first goal. It became a hotly contested game and both sides were out to prove that they could still play soccer, although their glory days might have been long gone.

The score at the end was 3-2 for FNB Global United. Goals for the Hardap team were scored by Amos Shiyuka and Boeties Iyambo, while Collin Benjamin scored two and Michel Dinzey one goal for FNB Global United.

Source : The Namibian