2018 Mayor’s Cheer Fund Launched
THE Victoria Falls 2018 Mayor’s Cheer Fund got off to a good start with more than $3 000 being raised on the launch in November.
The fund organisers target to raise $10 000 and are hopeful to raise half of it. Victoria Falls deputy Mayor Councillor Norris Nyathi who was guest of honour at the launch, said the fund seeks to put a smile on the faces of the needy.
“We harbor strong interests to help source funds to cater for those in need. It goes without saying that we have some people who fail to take their children for medical attention because they do not have money while some lives have been lost,” said Cllr Nyathi.
He paid gratitude to well-wishers who have over the years donated to the fund. “In the years gone by, this program has gone a long way in assisting the needy. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to stakeholders who have helped put a smile on the needy,” said the deputy mayor.
Last year the fund raised a mere $1 198 while $3 100 was realised at this year’s launch.
Speaking at the same occasion, Town Clerk Mr Ronnie Dube said they expect to get more donations.
“This year’s launch was more fruitful because we got contributions of about $3 100 which is more than what we got last year. I’m sure we’ll surpass 50 percent mark because most of our partners who missed the launch sent pledges and we’re sure more contributions will come as time goes by,” said Mr Dube.
He said the local authority will always strive to assist the disadvantaged within its jurisdiction. “The local authority is cognisant of the economic challenges bedeviling all and sundry and that the less privileged are in dire need of basic commodities. We cannot fold our hands and watch our fellow citizens wallow in abject poverty when we can come together and raise something for that cause,” he said.
Councillors, the business community, tourism and hospitality industry players and individuals attended the launch.
Over the years, the Cheer Fund has paid school fees and other social services and goodies at Victoria Falls Hospital, Chinotimba Old People’s Home, Rose of Charity Orphanage as well as for individuals such as one double leg amputate.
This year seven pupils in primary and secondary school and a university student benefitted.
Various organisations such as Ok Supermarket, Elephant Hills Resort, A’ Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Kingdom Hotel and some individuals helped raise donations.