HUNGRY Lion Zambia Lusaka area manager Busu Mpepo says the company is committed to associating itself to causes that give children a home and hope.
Speaking when Hungry Lion Zambia handed over 100 tickets and T-shirts to 100 children who would participate in the Butterfly Entertainment-organised kids festival at the National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) in Lusaka on October 14, Mpepo observed that children ought to be given long-term prospects by supporting their education and enhancing their skills.
He added that the kids’ festival would help children develop their interactive instincts.
“We as Hungry Lion are always delighted to reach out to our communities and we are proud to associate ourselves to causes that give children a home and hope but also give them long-term prospects by supporting education and skills development. Today we are at SOS Children’s Village to hand out tickets that will be used to sponsor 100 children to the first-ever kids festival run by Butterfly. We would like to commend Butterfly for this gesture to our children – this will give them (children) something to smile about, make new friends, build on old friendships and generally keep them off the streets and away from vices that they are daily exposed to,”
“It is for this reason that we commend the good work that Butterfly is doing in providing for these children. Our commitment here is part of Hungry Lion’s promise to reach out to the local communities that we serve; we aim to contribute towards relief within our communities and this is made possible by the incredible support that we receive from our customers.”
And SOS Children’s Villages Zambia national director Joseph Munsanje noted that the Lusaka SOS Children’s Village had 16 family houses that were providing family life to orphaned and vulnerable children.
“We participate in shaping their future and ensuring that the community they grow in is a healthy one that has got responsible citizenry. Hungry Lion and Butterfly, the work which you have done today is of responsible citizenry where you support the weaker ones in our society,” said Munsanje.
“I would like to call upon government to put more emphasis on supporting orphaned and vulnerable children. We have been lobbying for the foster care policy to be implemented to ensure that children can be in a loving home. We further call on the business community to emulate the work done by Hungry Lion and Butterfly to come and support many orphaned and vulnerable children.”
Earlier, Butterfly Entertainment managing director Shika Liswaniso said: “Come and have fun; if you can sponsor a child or two, then it’s even better because we believe that it takes a village to raise a child.”
The kids festival, whose tickets are pegged at K50, would showcase an array of entertainment activities for the children and would start at 10:00 hours and end at 18:00 hours.