By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, November 18, 2016 – THE Gweru Mayor’s Cheer Fund Raising Committee last year managed to raise a meagre $4 100 against a target of $20 000, prompting city fathers to reduce this year’s target to $15 000.
The fund’s board chairman, Tsunga Mhangami on Thursday said the harsh economic environment affected the business contributions towards the charitable event.
He appealed to the business community to make donations so that the less privileged can have a memorable festive season.
“As we are all aware that Zimbabwe, particularly Gweru, due to the general effects of the HIV and Aids, unemployment and poverty, to mention but a few has contributed to the increase in the number of people in need of support and assistance,” said Mhangami at the cheer fund launch.
A total of $3 933 including pledges was raised at the launch against a target of $15 000.
Major companies such as Bata, Zimglass, Zimcast, Kariba batteries and Zimalloys among others which used to be traditional sponsors towards the charitable event are facing operational challenges with some now closed.
Proceeds from the cheer fund are donated towards orphanage and old people’s homes, children living in the streets among other less privileged members of the society.