The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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