Panasonic lends Mini Hogs shot-in-the arm with new kit
By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana
Panasonic Botswana has donated rugby jerseys worth more than P25 000.00 to the Mini Hogs of the Gaborone Rugby club. The hand over was done at the Club’s training grounds at Wharic Park. Speaking during the handover of the jerseys to the youngsters, Panasonic’s Managing Director Rob Kruger said the donation is part of his organisation’s way of giving back to the community.
“We have been associated with the Hogs Rugby club for the past two years now and this is for us, a way of giving back to the community. Panasonic Botswana, he added, partnered with Panasonic Japan and South Africa in coming up with the donation. “They gave us the go ahead to brand the jerseys in our colours and logos. For us, this is also a way of giving our brand some visibility while at the same time giving the kids the shirts so that they come for training in proper rugby attire when they come to play on Saturdays.”
All in all Panasonic donated 72 jerseys at a cost of P25 000.00. Panasonic is known internationally and is gaining inroads into the local electronic market and shops that includes Home Corp and others. Their product range includes but is not limited to washing machines, television sets and radios. Kruger added that they would continue to support the Hogs whenever the opportunity avails itself in future.
Speaking after receiving the donation the Club Chairman Johan Beukes said they always feel honoured working with the likes of Panasonic and the donation has come at an opportune time. “We greatly appreciate what Panasonic has done with this donation at the time when most companies have fallen on hard times. As the Club we would like to see such sponsorships continue for a long time to come.” He said all the money and donations received are all accounted for. “It’s important to note that as the Hogs Club we always do a full audit to provide sponsors the assurance that their money is well spent. This is to make sure they feel confident and comfortable to continue working with the team.”
The 72 jersey donation has also been mentioned by Lynn Warburton who is the Club Manager as a gesture that is commendable especially to a club like the Hogs. She said they were very grateful for the sponsorship and handover and as a club that would help them to develop the youngsters. “We hope Panasonic will continue with us. We appreciate the relationships we have built with our sponsors over the years. They are vital to the health and growth of our Club.”
“Rugby is great sport and as a growing sport in Botswana it is always imperative that the game nurtures the youngsters and for that to happen we need corporate intervention, hence we thank Panasonic for such a great contribution,” said club secretary Kenneth Kwinje.