Nashe Mahachi in Mutare
Toastmasters, a Mutare Girls High School club, gave the elderly at Zororai Old People's Home a reason to smile when they donated groceries at the Sakubva home last Friday.
The gesture of goodwill was part of the 15-member club's efforts to give back to the less privileged in the community.
The club, which started operating in February this year, is made up people who are passionate about charity and the welfare of the less fortunate.
"We had a great day with our grandparents and we are happy because we managed to put smiles on their faces. As we all know that charity begins at home, we started by giving back to our school.
"We saw the need for bins in classrooms to keep the environment clean and conducive for learning so we donated 20 bins for all the classrooms at our school. Yet again, we noticed the need for wall clocks to be used during examination period.
"This was a result of complains from the learners of inconsistent time readings by invigilators during exams. We donated 20 clocks for classrooms and the school departments," said the club's representative Miranda Samaneka.
Club patron Mercy Mukono, who is also a teacher at Mutare Girls High, said they have adopted the old people's home and they will continue to support it.
"We felt the need to continue giving them support. The girls raise funds by selling doughnuts at the school and selling some foodstuffs on sports days.
"Last term, we managed to gather resources during the Shumbas sports gala which we hosted at our school. Some of the groceries we donated included mealie meal, rice, bath soaps, laundry soaps, cooking oil, powdered milk juices and tea leaves," she said.
Zororai Old People's Home sister in charge, Blantina Muriko said the donations will take them a long way in meeting some of the basic needs of their inmates.
Other members of the Toastmasters are Euginia Samurembwe who is the president, Tamia Gwarada who is the secretary and Nyasha Chitauro who is the financial director.
The committee is made up of Mitchell Fero, Kimberly Mutopora, Miranda Samaneka, Angeline Mandonga, Natasha Mutasa, Bridget Chagweda and Katlego Gumbo.education