Mighty War­riors’ fund-rais­ing gets un­der­way

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Grace Chin­goma Se­nior Sports Re­porter

THE Mighty War­riors fund-rais­ing com­mit­tee yes­ter­day un­veiled the two key ini­tia­tives which will help them raise funds for the team to go to the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions in Cameroon.

To­day the com­mit­tee will hold a fund-rais­ing din­ner at the Rain­bow Tow­ers start­ing at 6.30PM.

The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to re­veal a short mes­sage (sms) short code which peo­ple, in­clud­ing fans, will use to send mes­sages to three mobile net­works pre­dict­ing the Mighty War­riors’ re­sults.

Those mes­sages cost 50 cents per mes­sage and every­one who texts au­to­mat­i­cally en­ters the com­pe­ti­tion in which a car will be won.

Fund-rais­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son, Lil­ian Mbayiwa, who is the Old Mu­tual Group mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive, said the raf­fle will be run­ning un­der the ban­ner en­ti­tled #Gir­lPow­erZW and the com­pe­ti­tion is avail­able to Econet, NetOne and Tele­cel subscribers.

Zim­babwe se­nior women’s soc­cer team will play their first match against neigh­bours South Africa in Yaoundé on the open­ing day of the tour­na­ment.

“We need to raise ap­prox­i­mately $300 000 that will al­low this team to camp and pre­pare and par­tic­i­pate at this tour­na­ment,” said Mbayiwa.

“The com­mit­tee was set up and we were putting our plans to­gether, to­day we are launch­ing it, the fund-rais­ing ini­tia­tives that we have in place have not yet hap­pened, they are start­ing to­mor­row (to­day).

“I would like to as­sure you that after to­mor­row we would be able to share with you some of the progress we are mak­ing around fund-rais­ing.”

She said a num­ber of peo­ple and com­pa­nies were pur­chas­ing the ta­bles for the din­ner tonight.

“We have got so much sup­port for this din­ner. I am told we have sold quite a num­ber of ta­bles and a num­ber of com­pa­nies and spon­sors have come for­ward,” she said.

“An­other prob­lem we cur­rently have is that we have such a short time frame for us to pre­pare so that they can make it to the Games which be­gin on Novem­ber 19. As the chair of the com­mit­tee, I am touched by the ded­i­ca­tion that I have seen through­out this team.

“It is not very dif­fi­cult for us to get things done be­cause peo­ple just get up and they are self-driven.”

To en­sure trans­parency with the money do­nated or raised, the com­mit­tee is closely work­ing with Price Water­house Coop­ers who are com­ing in as in­de­pen­dent pro­fes­sional au­dit­ing firm.

Com­pa­nies such as Old Mu­tual, CBZ, Zim­plats, Tele­cel, PWC, Open Minds, Rain­bow Tow­ers, Zim­pa­pers and ZBC make up the fundrais­ing com­mit­tee through their ex­ec­u­tives.

Price Water­house Coop­ers man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Ti­nashe Rwodzi, said they will en­sure trans­parency on all the funds raised for the Africa Women Cup of Na­tions ex­cur­sion.

“We are in­de­pen­dent of the com­mit­tee but we have got a very strong pro­fes­sional duty that once we com­mit to some­thing it has to be done, our name is on it,” said Rwodzi.

“We have opened an ac­count specif­i­cally to cater for this project with CBZ Bank, all the money that comes will go there.

“At the end we will pro­duce a com­plete state­ment of ac­count that says this is all the money which came in, the spon­sors will also con­firm that and have a com­plete list of all the money raised and a com­plete list of where that money has gone.” Zim­pa­pers will pro­mote the # Gir­lPow­erZW across all their plat­forms such as The Her­ald, Sun­day Mail, H-Metro and Chron­i­cle news­pa­pers as well as radio sta­tions Star FM and Di­a­mond FM.

Lil­ian Mbayiwa

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