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Absa leaves a lasting legacy in Karkloof community, transforming lives and empowering the community

By Absa, 01/28/24, 6:15PM HST


Absa, a proudly Pan-African bank, hosted its annual Team Absa Training Camp at Karkloof Country Club in KwaZulu-Natal from 25 to 28 January in preparation for the 2024 Absa Cape Epic.

Absa demonstrated its unwavering commitment to community empowerment through education during this year's training camp activities. The bank’s key stakeholders took charge of spearheading significant upgrades and refurbishments at Yarrow Intermediate School, reaffirming Absa's dedication to being an active force for good in the communities it serves. Notably, this school holds special significance for Absa, as it is the same institution where the bank previously donated a stationary bus. The bus has now been transformed into a library, capable of simultaneously accommodating up to 60 children from Grade R to Grade 7. This initiative aligns with the bank’s commitment to empowering communities through education and being an active force for good in everything it does.

Mary Gray, Yarrow Intermediate School Project Coordinator, stated, "Our sincere thanks to Absa for its continued support at Yarrow School. The upgrades to the Grade R and Grade 1 blocks were fundamental for the beginning of the school year, and we are grateful for their support."

Tina Venter, Executive: Marketing Operations, Absa Group Marketing and Corporate Affairs, says, “Absa aims to create a meaningful impact by developing the communities we operate in. The refurbishments and upgrades at the Yarrow Intermediate School at the start of the 2024 school year are another milestone for the Group. We pride ourselves on empowering Africa’s tomorrow, together … one story at a time, by contributing to the success of our country's literacy rate."

The new partnership between Absa and the official charity partner of the Absa Cape Epic, ILoveBoobies, saw the provision of 400 free breast examinations to South African women in the communities surrounding the Karkloof Valley, during Team Absa Training Camp weekend.

Next up is the 20th edition of the Absa Cape Epic, which starts on Sunday, 17 March 2024. This race has undoubtedly earned its rightful place as one of the most exhilarating and life-changing mountain biking races in the world.