Rugby pro­gramme can­celled to sup­port #SaveMan­qoba cam­paign

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

MATA­BELE­LAND Rugby Foot­ball Board (MRFB) has can­celled their week­end pro­gramme to sup­port the #SaveMan­qoba cam­paign that seeks to raise $43 000 for the baby’s liver trans­plant in In­dia.

Baby Man­qoba Mab­hena, nine-months-old, was di­ag­nosed with a con­di­tion called bil­iary atre­sia and a trans­plant has to be done within a month to save her life as the liver can stop func­tion­ing at any time.

MRFB sec­re­tary-gen­eral Craig Change said the North ver­sus South Sevens game which had been set for Harts­field Grounds this af­ter­noon will now be played at the same venue next week­end.

“As a board we saw it proper to post­pone our week­end Sevens pro­gramme so that rugby en­thu­si­asts can go and sup­port the noble #SaveMan­qoba walk and the con­cert set for Harts­field to­mor­row (to­day). The or­gan­is­ers of the con­cert will need time to pre­pare the ground and as such, we can’t have games,” said Change.

A spon­sored walk or­gan­ised by Bu­l­awayo jour­nal­ists to raise funds for Man­qoba will be held this morn­ing with par­tic­i­pants walk­ing from the Large City Hall to Hill­side Dams.

Af­ter the walk, artistes will hold a #SaveMan­qoba bash at Harts­field Tshisa Nyama where Cal_Vin, Nk­wali, Khuliyo, Djembe Monks, and Donna N will take to the stage with 3D Event DJs Crayzee Black and Liz.

One of the or­gan­is­ers of the walk, Sun­day News se­nior re­porter Robin Muchetu said par­tic­i­pants would con­gre­gate at the Large City Hall at 7AM.

“Ev­ery­one is in­vited to the walk. Those who want to par­tic­i­pate can pay $5 for adults and $2 for chil­dren,” said Muchetu.

“Those who’ll not be able to join the walk can still do­nate to help the Mab­hena fam­ily.”

She said $17 900 has been raised thus far and en­cour­aged in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­rates to con­tinue chip­ping in as $43 000 is needed.

“We’ve a tar­get of $43 000 and if we all join hands, we can reach it. Peo­ple can help in any way as there’s no do­na­tion that’s too small.”

Muchetu urged peo­ple to treat Man­qoba’s is­sue with ur­gency say­ing the nine-month-old baby’s liver could fail to func­tion any­time from now.

So far, com­pa­nies such as Udine, Hawk­flight, Bak­ers Inn, Buy and Build, Mi­mosa Mine, Devine As­sign­ments, Bonsa Spar, Hill­side Dams, 3D Events and Boom City have chipped in through cash and kind.

Those ac­tive on so­cial me­dia have been urged to sup­port the cause by us­ing the #SaveMan­qoba hash tag each time they post about Man­qoba.

Also, those who will not be able to be part of the walk but want to as­sist baby Man­qoba may get in touch with her mother — Shamiso on +263772935224 or de­posit any amount to the bank­ing de­tails be­low: Name: Shamiso Yikoniko Bank: FBC Bank Branch: FBC Cen­tre Ac­count Num­ber: 3070070770125

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