GWERU— City mayor Josiah Makombe last week launched the mayor‘s Christmas cheer fund with a target of raising about $500 000 which will be directed towards the welfare of the underprivileged in society during the festive season.
Speaking at the launch, mayor Makombe called on the business community and various stakeholders to contribute towards the fund which will benefit the needy groups in the community.
“As you know, the purpose of the fund is mainly to reach out to those vulnerable groups in our society so that they get a decent Christmas gift.
“Last year we managed to raise a sum of $50 000 which was channelled towards groceries hampers, sanitary wear and school fees for vulnerable children. We managed to give $300 to children’s homes as part of the social community responsibility.
“This year we are aiming higher as we want to raise $500 000 so that at least we put a smile on someone’s face and expand the charity to more groups,” said Makombe.
He said they are organising a Christmas cheer fund dinner to raise the $500 000 they require.
“We will host a Christmas cheer fund fundraising dinner in a few weeks and we hope to surpass our expectations. Inflation has risen to unprecedented levels eroding the buying power of our money so we need our loving people to dig deeper into their pockets for the poor.
“It is our responsibility as the community to take care of our less privileged. We know things are hard on almost everyone but we have to sacrifice for our underprivileged so that they can have something to eat or wear,” said Makombe.
Gweru city council pledged to donate a sum of $900 towards the fund, while deputy mayor Cleopas Shiri, in his individual capacity, pledged a sum of $300.
Pinnacle Grace church led by Pastor Bruce Chitsungo pledged $1 000.
Gweru city council acting Town Clerk, Vakai Chikwekwe pledged $500 while FBC bank, Old Mutual Holdings and Midlands State University (MSU) promised to bring forward contributions at the fundraising dinner.
Redcliff and Zvishavane Municipality pledged $5 000 each.