Let’s support the needy: First Lady National FM radio listeners club president Mr Amos Madzvamuse hands over maize-meal to Angel of Hope Foundation board member Mrs Chipo Mtasa while the foundation’s chairperson Mr Molly Dingani (left) and ZBC acting CEO Ms Helliate Rushwaya (right) look on at Mbare studios yesterday. — Picture: John Manzongo

Tendai Rupapa

Senior Reporter

INSPIRED by the outstanding philanthropic works of First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa and her Angel of Hope Foundation, the National FM Listeners’ Club yesterday donated three tonnes of maize-meal to the foundation for onward distribution to the needy.

This comes as the corporate world is coming in numbers to support the work being done by the mother of the nation to ease the plight of vulnerable members of society.

Amai Mnangagwa is on record encouraging Zimbabweans to spread the spirit of love, unity and giving by helping the less fortunate in their respective communities.

Her humanitarian support programmes have benefited thousands of citizens and her programmes and projects are non-partisan.

Handing over the consignment yesterday, ZBC acting chief executive Ms Helliate Rushwaya said the First Lady was a trailblazer in the area of philanthropy.

“It is befitting that this unique radio station and its listeners have learnt from you Amai, that we become great through our acts of kindness,” she said. “Amai, you are a trailblazer in the area of philanthropy.

“Under your patronage, the Angel of Hope Foundation has touched the lives of Zimbabweans. You have helped improve the lives of the disadvantaged members of our community. You have also encouraged us all to have concern for our fellow citizens.”

The First Lady has traversed the length and breadth of the country giving a hand to vulnerable groups and this touched the National FM Listeners’ Club.

“Zimbabweans, including the National FM Listeners’ Club, have seen you going around the country helping those in need,” said Ms Rushwaya. “The club members were moved to find a way to support your good works.

“They were able to source three tonnes of mealie-meal as a way to contribute towards great works being done by the Angel of Hope Foundation. In our many languages we speak on the station, Amai, we will continue supporting you through other initiatives and our programming.”

National FM station manager Mr Isaac Munzambwa said because of the great love that the First Lady has, she has changed lives of many Zimbabweans.

“She has shown love to all of us through the work she is doing with the Angel of Hope Foundation,” he said. “We are here to support your great work Amai through the National FM Listeners’ Club. Your good work and love have made us better people. “We are simply giving back just a small part of what you have given us.”

National FM Listeners’ Club president Mr Amon Madzvamutse said they were touched by the work being done by Amai Mnangagwa and her Foundation in support of children, women, the elderly and other vulnerable members of society, hence the donation.

He said to commemorate the Listeners’ Club’s 21st anniversary, they decided to donate to Angel of Hope Foundation for onward distribution to the needy.

In receiving the donation, the First Lady, who was represented by the Foundation’s board vice chairperson Mrs Chipo Mtasa, said since inception, the Foundation had been proactive in the quest to better the plight of the marginalised, underprivileged, women, youth and children.

“Angel of Hope Foundation continues to assist the underprivileged in our local communities and society at large as there has been a spike in the demand for its presence.

“This donation by National FM Listeners’ Club is a fundamental endorsement and it will significantly reach those in need.”

The First Lady encouraged those who are in a better position to help the less fortunate in the country.

“No donation is too big or too small for Angel of Hope Foundation. Whatever you have to give, will reach the intended beneficiaries,” she said.

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