By Surihe Gaomas
The Lazarus Ipangelwa Foundation will host its first ever-fundraising event in Windhoek today. The foundation was launched in May 2007.
The fundraising gala dinner, which will be held at a local hotel, aims to recognise the valuable contribution by the late Lazarus Ipangelwa.
Ipangelwa was regarded by many who knew him as an exceptional business leader. Thus, in keeping with his legacy and honouring his visionary leadership and commitment to the country’s economic growth, friends, family and colleagues of the late Ipangelwa saw it fit to set up a foundation in his name that will carry on his vision in Business Leadership and Education.
The Foundation was officially launched by President Pohamba on May 31st, 2007.
Member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation, Anna Ipangelwa , said besides several other activities, this is the first fundraising event.
“We have held several activity workshops for mostly Grade 12 learners and it was a great success,” said Anna Ipangelwa.
She explained that the recent activities form part of a pilot project where the Foundation sponsored a Grade 12 workshop on Mathematics, Accounting and English at Mweshipandeka Senior Secondary School and Mathematics and Accountancy in Swakopmund, all on HIGCSE level
As a result, twenty ambitious learners who achieved good marks in these subjects, and were unable to receive extra tuition fees for further studies at university, were nominated by their schools to take part in the workshops.
In an effort to help these learners excel in their tertiary education, the Foundation calls on the local business community and the general public to become part of the fundraising event.
One of the main objectives of the Foundation is to recognize exemplary people for their abilities to engage and inspire others in their workplace, by conferring an annual Presidential Award that recognises excellence in business leadership.
The Foundation aims to support mentoring programmes for young graduates in the field of business, banking finance, as well as emerging entrepreneurs and farmers.
Assistance and support will be given to Grade12 learners to attain the maximum required points in HIGCSE English, Mathematics, Science, Business and Finance for university entry.
The Patron of the Foundation is well-known local businessman Dr Frans Indongo. The other trustees are Tom Alwendo as Chairperson, Marina Lamprect as the Vice-Chairperson, Anna Ipangelwa, Martin Shipanga, Rainer Ritter, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi, Stuart Moir, Frans Ndoroma, Dr Abraham Iyambo and Martha Namundjembo-Tilahun.