A ZIMBABWEAN in Durban, South Africa Adell Rumbidzai Chivasa and friends have donated four bales of various clothing to victims of the Cyclone Idai in Chipinge.
The cyclone devastated parts of Chipinge and Chimanimani, leaving hundreds dead and without shelter, access to clean water, clothes, identification documents and basics.
The donations were sourced by Wellington Mugwagwa, the secretary of Harare-based Sports Excellence Trust (SET) who travelled from the capital over the weekend to handover the donated goodies to Platform for Youth and Community Development (PYCD) for distribution.
The donations were received amid ululation by the crowd that watched the Katanga-Takwirira schools finals and the Rimbi and Chisumbanje community finals at Takwirira High School on Sunday.
PYCD, who documented the affected victims of cyclone, together with the local leadership, will then distribute the clothes in accordance with the needs of the various people in affected areas, ranging from children, grandmothers and widows.
Mugwagwa expressed joy at the donation.
“We, as a Trust, are grateful for the donation by our brother in South Africa. Yes, we understand things are not well across the globe but he has gone to great lengths to source clothing for the affected victims.
“We are grateful for this gesture and we believe that more partners will come to support these people who are in serious need of psycho-social support. We will be holding another football tournament in Chimanimani very soon and with the kind of support we got for this one, I am sure, more businesses will partner us,” Mugwagwa said.
Mugwagwa was accompanied Dynamos legend July Sharara, who promised to grace the next event in Chimanimani.
SET is chaired by businessman Albert Kamhunga while former Dynamos and Warriors international leftback Harlington Shereni is the vice chairperson. Respected top lawyer Rachael Chibaya and auditor are also members of the board while Mugwagwa is the secretary.