$10k set for Vic Falls cheer fund

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

VIC­TO­RIA Falls Mayor Coun­cil­lor Si­fiso Mpofu has ap­pealed for do­na­tions to­wards this year’s Mayor’s Cheer Fund whose tar­get is $10 000 meant to help the dis­ad­van­taged in the resort town.

A com­mit­tee tasked with run­ning the fund said so far $3 017 has been raised.

Dur­ing the launch of the Mayor’s Cheer Fund on Wed­nes­day night, pledges in ex­cess of $2 000 and an as­sort­ment of goods were made to­wards rais­ing the re­quired funds.

The launch was at­tended by coun­cil­lors, cap­tains of in­dus­try and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent play­ers in the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try.

Speak­ing at the launch, Cllr Mpofu, who was ac­com­pa­nied by his wife Nancy said the fund had touched many des­per­ate lives in the past and will con­tinue to do so.

“In­deed we are deep in hard times and it’s our duty as re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens to ex­tend a gen­er­ous arm to vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple as they be­come more vul­ner­a­ble.

“The fund tar­gets school chil­dren es­pe­cially in Govern­ment schools who can’t af­ford to pay fees. In years gone by this pro­gramme has gone a long way in as­sist­ing the needy. De­spite the eco­nomic chal­lenges, we have peo­ple like you (busi­ness com­mu­nity) who make the ef­fort to sup­port the cause that seeks to sup­port the needy. We can help with the lit­tle we can,” said Cllr Mpofu.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Mayor’s Cheer Fund com­mit­tee, Mr Bless­ing Mun­yenyiwa of Love for Africa tour op­er­at­ing com­pany, said they have com­piled a list of stu­dents whose fees need to be paid through the fund this year.

“The Mayor’s Cheer Fund seeks to en­sure the needy get ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and health ser­vices. So far we are pleased with the as­sis­tance in cash and in kind and we man­aged this year to pay fees for four pupils at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School and a stu­dent at Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity,” said Mr Mun­yenyiwa, who pledged $1 500 on be­half of the Jame­son Vic­to­ria Falls Car­ni­val which he co-or­gan­ises.

Among the com­pa­nies that have do­nated to­wards the fund are Wild Hori­zons, King­dom Ho­tel, Ele­phant Hills Resort, Marange Mo­tors, Vic­to­ria Falls Sa­fari Lodge, Dube and Com­pany, OK Mart and oth­ers.

From last year’s pro­ceeds, the fund paid $1 402 to­wards school fees for pupils at Mosi-oa-Tunya High School and an­other one at Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity.

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Coun­cil­lor Si­fi­fiso Mpofu

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