BULAWAYO, Monday, November 14, 1966 — An unemployed painter who has taken on the responsibility for a widow and her five children has applied to the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund to give them “a little bit of cheer and pleasure over Christmas”.
The Queens Park East man writes: “I am a painter by trade and it is now 12 months since I was last employed. Apart from a monthly welfare allowance,” he continues, “I have no cash or assets of any kind and I therefore appeal to you for help, in enabling me to to provide to Mrs — and more especially for the children a little bit of cheer and pleasure over Christmas.”
A letter from a child whose father’s pension, he writes, “is so little he can’t even buy anything on Christmas.
“If you could help us it would be a great cheer to everyone in our family.”
A widow whose pension just covers rent and food finds she will be unable to give her three grandchildren gifts at Christmas time and has written to the fund for aid to give them a “happy Christmas”.
Another writer tells of her husband in prison, and her seven children who look forward to a happy Christmas they won’t have unless the fund aids them. “The social welfare,” she writes, “has been good to us but I won’t be able to buy any Christmas goodies out of my money I receive from them”.
Other aid seekers include a 21-year-old unmarried mother with two children, and an unemployed father of 12. The Cheer Fund rose £12 6s and 4d over weekend to a total of £269 11s 7d.
Donations previously acknowledged £257 5s 3d. Janch, Valerie Sandra and their parents £10 15s 6d; “Early Settler” 10s; AVR £1 pound. Chronicle collection drum 10d.