Four-storey high Christmas tree for frontliners

LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology in Botswana hosted the eighth Annual Biggest Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, shining the spotlight on frontline heroes who are sacrificing their lives in the fight against the Covid-19 global pandemic.

When officiating the glittering event on Dec 10, Botswana Presidential Affairs, Governance and Public Administration Minister Kabo Morwaeng said Christmas season is a time when people make time to be with their families to enjoy the festivities, give thanks, serve the community and reflect on the New Year.

Light it up: Morwaeng (top left) delivering his speech at the official lighting of the biggest Christmas tree.Light it up: Morwaeng (top left) delivering his speech at the official lighting of the biggest Christmas tree.

“(The varsity’s founder president) Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing and Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has invited us all here to witness their Christmas gift to the nation by way of this magnificent biggest Christmas tree before us as well as the thoughtful donations they are giving various charities.

“The varsity has definitely brought the Christmas cheer upon us and has set a marker for the way we celebrate our festive season, ” said Morwaeng, who was also the guest of honour at the event.

This year’s tree stands tall at 12m and 6m wide, and is bedecked with 70,000 lights.

It took a workforce of many professionals, staff and students to put it together at Game City Mall, Gaborone, where it shall remain until the new year.

Lim said the gesture was to show the varsity’s appreciation to the country’s brave frontliners for their sacrifice, dedication and contribution during Botswana’s hour of need.

“It is times like this that we really need to step up and be united, putting aside our differences, and work together in our collective fight against Covid-19.

“As we celebrate this festive season, let us share the joyous spirit of giving those in need. There is no better time to bring dignity, poise and a smile on someone’s face, especially the young ones.”

Lim’s message was read by Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in Botswana communications and public relations director Mercy Rebaone, also focused on the Tan Sri Limkokwing Front Line Heroes Campaign which was officially launched on the same day.

The varsity also donated Christmas hampers and goodies to children from SOS Children’s Village, Gamodubu Child Care Trust and Childline Botswana at the ceremony that was attended by senior government officials as well as captains of creative industries.

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