We participated in the City of Windhoek Mayoral Relief Fund during the COVID-19 lockdown period. Oryx, along with some of its retail partners, contributed and distributed 939 food parcels to Windhoek’s vulnerable communities.All Oryx employees were extensively involved in this project. Employees dedicated a significant number of work hours to packing the food parcels and co-ordinating their delivery and distribution. Our corporate partners in this project were:
CLEAN AND FREE WATER PROJECT
When the COVID-19 lockdown period started, Oryx partnered with other local entities to provide clean and free water to Windhoek’s informal settlements.This project co-ordinated the sourcing and delivery of clean water to informal settlements. This included conducting tests to ensure the water is safe for consumption and providing locations for refilling and delivering water.Our corporate partners in this project included the Ohlthaver &List Group, Namibbeton, Namibia Construction, LewCor Group, Pupkewitz Megabuild and Aqua Services. SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN We remain committed to the care of vulnerable children, which is evident in the various causes we supported during the year.
CHURCH ALLIANCE FOR ORPHANS (CAFO) NAMIBIA
Oryx donated swimwear and towels to 125 children between the ages of four and 14 years at CAFO. This enabled them to treat these vulnerable children to a weekly swimming pool visit, contributing to their physical development. Oryx also renovated the children’s playground at CAFO and donated a jungle gym and Christmas lights and decorations. Over 150 vulnerable children receive after-school care services at CAFO.
CHILDREN’S CAMP NAMIBIA
We contributed towards printing booklets for a children’s camp that is hosted by Children’s Camp Namibia. Their aim is to give children a place where they can play and learn while affording them the opportunity to just be children. The camp was planned for May 2020 but due to COVID-19, an alternative date will be set.
GROENDRAAI PRIMARY SCHOOL
Oryx donated stationery supplies to Groendraai Primary School, located on a farm 60 km south-west of Rehoboth, in the Hardap region. The school caters to approximately 160 children and is considered a facility in need.
ORANGE BABIES NAMIBIA
Oryx sponsored the admission to our trampoline park and a goody bag with stationery and snacks for 40 children from Orange Babies Namibia, together with one of our tenants, Planet Aero Trampoline Park.We gave two photography students the opportunity to photograph the day. Oryx employees also dedicated their time to renovating the playground and getting involved with the community.
NAMIBIAN KIDDIES CRÈCHE
In November, Oryx teamed up with Urban Friction, one of our tenants, to treat 20 children from the Namibian Kiddies Crèche (a school for vulnerable children), to their first wall climbing experience, a breakfast at Wimpy Maerua Mall and a small gift. Again, we invited a photography student to capture the special moments.
Oryx, in collaboration with Maerua Mall, provided free space during November to raise funds for a young girl’s stem cell treatment through a hair spray and face paint fundraiser.
WE CARE FOR NAMIBIA
Throughout the year, we offered free space in our malls for the Blood Transfusion Service of Namibia to contribute towards saving lives by providing a platform where blood can be donated.Oryx provided space at various malls and shopping centres to the Electoral Commission of Namibia to assist them with performing their duties during the Namibian Presidential Election.We also offered free parking in Maerua Mall to employees of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Windhoek.In this way we contributed towards the pivotal role they play in rescuing and assisting animals that are maltreated, abandoned and abused.We participated in and financially contributed to the Bank Windhoek Cancer Apple Project . The project raises funds for the Cancer Association of Namibia, which, in co-operation with the community, fights cancer and the impact thereof for the benefit of all Namibians by supporting research, health education and information, care and support services.
SPONSORED PROMOTION SPACES AND ADVERTISING
The installation of LED TVs in Maerua Mall has played a major role in the creation of awareness for several campaigns that Oryx holds close to the heart. By sponsoring the exhibition spaces as well as the advertising of over N$3,000, the campaign’s reach substantially increases as the initiative’s message is spread to shoppers.