NRZ do­nates cricket equip­ment to Robert Tred­gold

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

THE Na­tional Rail­ways of Zim­babwe (NRZ) yes­ter­day do­nated cricket equip­ment to Robert Tred­gold Pri­mary School in Bulawayo as part of the com­pany’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity thrust.

The do­na­tion comes in wake of the school send­ing two pupils to re­cite po­ems at the com­mis­sion­ing of new NRZ wag­ons last week. Among the items do­nated were two cricket hel­mets, two cricket bats, two pairs of gloves, two cricket balls and two pairs of leg pads.

“This is part of our so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity so that we up­lift those who are less priv­i­leged. In our schools we have stu­dents who come from fam­i­lies that can­not af­ford to buy this equip­ment be­cause it is costly.

“By this do­na­tion NRZ is try­ing to pro­mote the sport to be as pop­u­lar as soc­cer. We there­fore ap­peal to the cor­po­rate world to make a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives,” said NRZ act­ing pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager Martin Banda.

“These are fu­ture work­ers of NRZ so if we ne­glect them now we have no pil­lars. This com­pany has been very ac­tive in sports and at one time we spon­sored Rail­stars FC, but pulled out due to fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Robert Tred­gold head­mistress Carol Moyo said: “It has been a strug­gle to do our ses­sions due to the lack of equip­ment. You can’t tell stu­dents to bring their own train­ing equip­ment be­cause they are very costly.

“Now that we have these tools, we hope to make good use of them and pro­mote the sport. We are glad NRZ man­aged to iden­tify our plight and as­sisted us.”

The school some­times makes use of the Old Mu­tual Health Streak Cricket Academy to con­duct their train­ing ses­sions.

The school started play­ing cricket last year and is tar­get­ing to have a girls’ team as a way of pro­mot­ing gen­der equal­ity — @khumza­llen.

Robert Tred­gold Cricket team re­ceived cricket equip­ment from NRZ

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