Lovemore Meya Herald Correspondent
Chitungwiza Municipality launched the Mayor’s Cheer Fund last week through which it targets to raise $30 000 to assist 600 less privileged members of the community, an official has said. By Friday last week, council had raised over $2 000 and some groceries from well-wishers. Acting town clerk Dr Tonderai Kasu said the purpose of the Mayor’s Cheer Fund was to raise money to help the needy.
“We have launched this Cheer Fund to reach out and assist the less fortunate in our society. It used to be associated more with Christmas because we wanted the less privileged to have a merry Christmas. The concept has since changed from the Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund to just Cheer Fund because we now work all year round to try and bring joy and relief to the suffering of the less fortunate,” said Dr Kasu.
“This year, we have been able to assist some orphans in our community and also those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, the elderly and those with albinism. In 2016, we managed to raise $18 000 and this year, we want to surpass that and we hope to realise as much as $30 000,” he said.
Dr Kasu said efforts to support the needy could not be made by the municipality alone.
“This is not only council’s responsibility, but it is a holistic thing that requires us to hold hands and work together. We have been reaching out to all the members of the business community, donors, embassies and religious groups to give us a hand. We want to raise the money before Christmas so that the less fortunate will be able to have something to smile about. We are working on the contribution from council since it has to go through a resolution,” he said.
Mrs Margret Mavurudzi, a businesswoman from Chitungwiza, who donated some clothing items, pledged to continue assisting the less privileged as a way of giving back to the community.
“I would like to believe that we will continue working together. I came here with a donation of some clothing. Since I grew up in Chitungwiza, I thought of coming back home to help the less privileged. I am going to continue bringing aid in whatever form and will also source donations from my fellow business associates,” she said.