In line with the principle of giving back to the community one trades in, the Chairman of Miles Nan Charitable Foundation and Managing Director of Mileage Air (Pty) Limited, Miles Nan, donated Christmas presents to the elderly people of Old Naledi in Gaborone.
A little over 100 elders from the community converged at the Old Naledi kgotla to receive food packages which included cooking oil, rice and sugar amongst other food items. They were also treated to snacks and entertained by Mafitlhakgosi traditional dance group, which comprises of the community’s youngsters.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, Nan, who has been engaged in charity work since he came to Botswana 12 years ago said it was regrettable that elders tend to be neglected especially during the merry season of Christmas with a lot of attention being given to children. He said the nation’s elders were just as important as the women and children and should therefore be cared for and shown love. Donating to the community, Nan said, was his way of contributing to the nation’s Vision 2016 pillar of ‘a just, caring and compassionate nation.’
“Elders are part of our society. During Christmas time, many companies donate to children, but I feel that there is a need for us to give to the elders. I love the people of Botswana especially the senior citizens because they have a lot of experience and wisdom which we can all learn from. Although the food is not plenty, it is from my heart,” he said.
In the past, the Foundation and his company Mileage Group have donated to various charity organisations, sport clubs, the SOS Children’s Village in Tlokweng and HIV/AIDS research institutions among others.
Nan said that as the Chinese community in Botswana, their goal was not just to generate income but to also improve the livelihood of the people of Botswana. The Chinese community has heeded the president’s call for the private sector to either donate or build houses for the underprivileged by donating more than 120 houses.
A representative from the District Commissioners’ office, Setho Mosienyane applauded the Miles Nan Foundation for its initiative, saying that the focus on the elderly especially at this time of year was admirable.
Speaking in a telephone interview the Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Edwin Batshu told the organizers that, he appreciated what Miles Nan Foundation was doing to the community. “Indeed it is a great job that they are doing, we are very grateful to them,” he said.