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.
2018 – 2019
As a truly caring Namibian company, we at Oryx Properties embrace our obligations of corporate citizenship. Our comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility (‘CSR’) policy focuses on enhancing youth development, minimising our environmental impact, and making a positive contribution to the society in which we operate and to all our stakeholders. During the year 2018 - 2019, Oryx participated/contributed to various initiatives: Children’s Camp Namibia, established in 2009, started off as a ‘fun day’ but by 2012 had evolved into an annual holiday camp for 49 vulnerable and disadvantaged kids aged 13 to 15 during the May school holidays. Activities include fun games sessions, sports, and workshops focusing on protection, nature and the environment. For the 2018 camp, Oryx sponsored an Oryx branded hat for each child who attended the camp. The directors recognise the need to support education to assist in the sustainable development of the economy. In line with this, Oryx contributed N$20,000 towards the NSX/FLI Scholars Investment Challenge competition, which aims at raising awareness amongst scholars and the general public on the role and operations of the Namibian capital market whilst encouraging broad based participation by the Namibian public. Oryx once again supported Namibia’s Church Alliance for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CAFO) . CAFO is a nongovernment organisation that cares for these most vulnerable members of our society. This year we assisted the Queen Elizabeth School by donating a carpet for use in one of their newly built classrooms. During November 2017, some employees of Oryx visited the children's ward at the Katutura State Hospital in Windhoek. We handed out care packages and some soft toys to the children aged from 0 to 12 years. The packages consisted of some hygiene products and fruit. Diapers for the babies were also donated to the pre natal ward. Since a big part of Oryx’s focus is on the education of the Namibian child we also donated puzzles, colouring books, crayons, reading books and push boards to the Katutura Hospital School. The donation was done to brighten up the children's day and to give them an early Christmas gift. During the year, Oryx supported various key initiatives of the Cancer Association of Namibia either through donating cash or free promotional space in Maerua Mall. The events/projects that we supported during this year were the shave/spray-athon day, Pink day and the Bank Windhoek Apple project. We at Oryx take responsibility for minimising our impact on the environment, and our aim is to be a ‘green’ company. This year, we expanded our green foot print through our solar panels at Maerua Mall. We increased our generating capacity from 1MW to 2.5 MW, adding 1.5 MW to our electricity grid. Basic energy saving measures can be implemented at low or no cost and the payback period for renewable energy technologies continue to reduce. Oryx will look to further this to our other properties within the portfolio. Refer to the Asset Manager’s report on page 27 to 31 for further details. The Winter Knights is an annual project hosted by Round Table Namibia. This project is aimed at raising funds for marginalized communities all over Namibia. The main aim is to raise cash donations, in order to buy blankets for these communities. Any other donations in the form of old clothing, blankets and nonperishable food is also distributed to these beneficiaries. Oryx made a contribution of blankets and non-perishable food to the Winter Knights initiative and further assisted with setting up collection boxes within Maerua Mall to allow customers the opportunity to donate while shopping. For the festive season Oryx had various initiatives to bring the Christmas cheer to all our shoppers. We arranged for children to be able to meet Santa and take a picture with him during the December period, which brought cheer to the little ones being able to tell Santa what they wanted most for Christmas. Annually we also allow the Salvation Army to use promotion space within the Mall to wrap Christmas gifts for shoppers who are willing to make a donation. Shoppers were further entertained by the St Boniface school choir which we brought all the way from the North of Namibia to bring Christmas cheer. 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.
SPCA – 2016
Over 2,000 dogs and more than 800 cats are brought annually to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Windhoek (‘SPCA’). Alarmingly, this number keeps increasing as more cases of illegal breeding, abuse, lost and donated cats and dogs are reported. Sustained only by donations and grants, the SPCA is in dire need of any help, financially or by way of material donations. Oryx responded to this call of our neighbour, by hosting the Christmas and Winter Drive in Maerua Mall each year where shoppers are requested to donate blankets, dog food, toys and money to help keep the animals at the SPCA happy until they are adopted into a new and loving family. For three days, Oryx sponsored the exhibition space and provided advertisement on LED TVs throughout the mall. Oryx also donated a range of blankets, toys, food and dog jerseys to keep the worst chill at bay. An astounding N$15,000 as well as various merchandise items was donated. With the animals present, excitement was abundant in the mall and revealed the positive transformation people could make in these animals’ lives by considering adoption. The project alsohighlighted to shoppers what loyal and loving companions these animals could be to them and their families.
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