ZNA charities change lives, says Chiwenga
The Zimbabwe National Army Charities have contributed immensely towards uplifting the standards of living for army widows, orphans and members of communities, Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander General, Dr Constantine Chiwenga has said. He said this at the 18th ZNA Charity Horse Race held on Sunday at the Borrowdale Race Course in Harare.
The function was attended by well wishers who included the corporate world and army officials. Gen Chiwenga said the ZNA charities have conducted several fundraising activities, which have benefited members and their dependants who relied on the benevolence of ordinary Zimbabweans and the corporate world for sustenance.
“The five charitable institutions for which we are fundraising today (Sunday) are: the ZNA Benevolent Fund, The ZNA Patients and Welfare Fund, Tsanga Convalescent Centre, the ZNA Patients Welfare Fund, Tsanga Lodge Convalescent Centre, the ZNA Widows and Orphans benevolent Fund and the ZNA Schools Welfare Trust Fund.
“The proceeds realised from these functions and the horse race today will all be handled towards the intended beneficiaries. This year the army charities assisted in the construction of a science laboratory at Induna High School at a cost of $246 000 with $100 000 already paid. We also assisted in the construction of Imbizo Primary school at an estimated cost of $70 000, purchased construction material for an ablution block at Masvingo High School valued at $5 550 and renovated an administration bock at Imbizo Primary School at $10 000,” he said.
Mashonaland Turf Club trustee, Mr Kamal Khalfan, applauded the defence forces for ensuring peace and security in the country and assisting members’ widows and orphans.
“We have a lot of army officers, but we do not see them anywhere because there is security and peace prevailing in this country. The peace should be maintained and we should continue supporting the widows and orphans,” he said.
The function was attended by a number of musicians, including the Zimbabwe Defence Forces music ambassador, Jah Prayzah and Zim dancehall artistes — Killer T, Seh Calaz and Soul Jah Love.
Entertainment included helicopter displays, parachute jumps, jumping castles and pony rides.