Zimbabwe: PM Assists Less Privileged

The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe has been commended for assisting the disadvantaged at a time when Government's social welfare system has collapsed.

Most of the charity homes for children, the aged and the destitute face closure due to lack of funds.

Speaking after the prize giving ceremony for the Prime Minister's Charity Golf Day at Borrowdale Brook Country and Golf Club, Director of Chinyaradzo's children home, Irene Kuradzandima, one of the beneficiaries of proceeds from the charity tournament said the centre was still operating because of the assistance from the Premier.

"We have 60 children in our care who were either abandoned, orphaned, abused or in difficult circumstances. Our work has been held back by lack of funds and we are so grateful to the Prime Minister for thinking about the less privileged. We would have closed the centre had it not been for the Premier's intervention and over the past three years we have been benefiting from this charity golf tournament," Kuradzandima said.

Faith Majome, acting projects Coordinator for Mashambanzou Care trust, another beneficiary of the proceeds of the golf tournament, said the Premier had embarked on a noble cause especially when donor fatigue had taken its toll on aid funded organizations.

"It is impressive for Zimbabweans to support charities especially now that donor funds are not coming through. We have been a beneficiary since the charity tournament started 3years ago," she said

The Prime Minister's Charity Golf Day, aims to raise funds for the disadvantaged. Other beneficiaries of the charity golf tournament, which is in its fourth year running, were Matthew Rusike Children's Home, Society of the Destitute Aged, Harare Children's Home and Ethunzini YeThemba.

Zed Rusike, one of the organisers of the charity day, said the tournament was a resounding success having attractred 141 golfers up from last year's 120 players.

"I have supported the PM's charity golf tournament and I will continue supporting this dignified initiative. I have been blessed by God and I have to give back to the less privileged and this is what has driven me," Rusike said.

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