Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Fund off to good start

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page -

MORE than $33 000 has been raised for this year’s Bu­l­awayo Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Fund.

The amount, which is al­ready more than half of the ini­tial tar­get of $50 000, was raised on Fri­day dur­ing the launch of the fund in city. Speak­ing at the launch, Bu­l­awayo Mayor Coun­cil­lor Solomon Mguni said he was hum­bled by the sup­port the fund has re­ceived from peo­ple and com­pa­nies in the city.

“We are hum­bled by the re­sponse of Bu­l­awayo cor­po­rate groups who have come to sup­port the Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Fund. This is the only time where we come to­gether to sup­port and re­mem­ber the un­der-priv­i­leged. I had set the tar­get of $50 000, and at this time I am short of words as we have sur­passed half the tar­geted amount as we have man­aged to get $33 964,24c only in one night. With this step I think we will end up dou­bling the tar­get,” he said.

Coun­cil spokesper­son Mrs Ne­sisa Mpofu en­cour­aged res­i­dents to sup­port the Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Fund say­ing it will go a long way in putting a smile on some­one dur­ing this fes­tive sea­son which is in line with the theme launch hash­tag spread love.

“Every year the City of Bu­l­awayo through the Mayor’s Christ­mas Cheer Fund which is jointly im­ple­mented by a board of trustees and stake­hold­ers or­gan­ise the launch where we ini­ti­ate or we start off the process of fundrais­ing to­wards the Cheer Fund. Dur­ing this process we re­ceive do­na­tions from well-wish­ers or stake­hold­ers.

“Th­ese do­na­tions will go on a long way to pro­vide added cheer on the vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

“We are aware that it is pos­si­ble that dur­ing Christ­mas there are some peo­ple who fail to get de­cent meals hence we pro­vide them with food ham­pers that will add cheer.

“Our ac­counts are au­dited, don’t worry, do­nate any amount, your one mil­lion dol­lars is very safe,” she said.

She urged dis­ad­van­taged groups to regis­ter with the Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil hous­ing so­cial ser­vices.

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