Katjau wins phase one of #JourneyingTogether

Imelda Katjau's dream of making a difference in the lives of Tuberculosis (TB) patients, came true on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 in Windhoek, when she was announced the first winner of Bank Windhoek's #Journeying-Together social media campaign.

Katjau won N$ 10 000 towards her community initiative of setting up a soup kitchen, which will provide healthy meals to TB patients who were not taking their treatment due to a lack of regular nutrition. The funds will be used to stock up the soup kitchen. She received the news when Bank Windhoek and Pick n Pay paid her a surprise visit at her workplace.

To further support Katjau's initiative, Pick n Pay's Katutura Black Chain retail store will contribute a monthly gift card worth N$ 1 000 for the duration of the project. In addition, the food will be daily prepared at the store to ensure patients get the necessary nutritional value prepared by the store's chef, Roger Bezuidenhout.

A registered Nurse by profession, Katjau is a community based TB Care Coordinator employed at the Ministry of Health and Social Services' Directorate of Special Programmes HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis and Malaria Department. “I will fight for my TB community until I retire from this profession. Thank you Bank Windhoek, Pick n Pay and everyone for making this possible, our patients will appreciate it very much," said Katjau.

“As a connectors of positive change, Bank Windhoek is confident that this initiative will positively impact the lives of our TB patients. Congratulations Katjau," said Bank Windhoek's Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack.

Pick n Pay's Customer Service Officer, Rhodda Lambert said that they are excited to have joined Bank Windhoek in this project. Bezuidenhout promised to make sure that the food will be prepared according to the nutrition value suitable for TB patients guided by a menu prescribed by a medical doctor.

Bank Windhoek's #Journeying-Together social media campaign, is part of the Bank's Brand campaign. Participants were randomly video interviewed as they shared ideas on how they would positively contribute to making a difference in their communities if they had N$ 10 000. Five finalist made it to the finals and Katjau received the most public votes. Katjau's win is only the first part of the campaign on social media.

A nationwide competition that will follow similar structure will launch next week on Bank Windhoek's Facebook page. Namibians over the age of 18 are encouraged to identify a pressing need in their community and share a video with Bank Windhoek via Facebook messenger or inbox mentioning what they would do to tackle the issue if they had N$ 10 000 and how they would do it. The top five submissions will then be posted on social media for the public to vote. ​

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