The Harare Mayor’s Cheer Fund continued its noble deeds by donating 120 blankets, 20 wheelchairs and 40 mattresses to five charities and twenty individuals from different organisations in Harare.
The disbursement ceremony was held at Town House last month and was presided over by the Mayor of Harare, Mr Muchadeyi Masunda and the Mayoress, Mrs Fikile Masunda who is the patron of the Cheer Fund.
Blanket recipients were Missionaries of Charity who received 50, while Braeside Old People’s Home got 30. Tamuka Foundation and Batsirai Children’s Home each received 20 blankets. Jairos Jiri Association were given 40 mattresses.
The Mayor said in his address that the ‘Cheer Fund’ is one of the projects he is most happy about in his tenure at the helm of the Town Council: “It’s one of the major highlights of the offices we hold as Mayor and Mayoress.”
Mrs Masunda agreed with her husband that she was excited about this work and hopes that the fund will not die when they leave Town House. “I am passionate about helping the needy. Actually it is an in-born thing and I wish that anyone who takes over from my husband as Mayor will carry on with the good work we have started,” she said.
A board member of the Mayor’s Cheer fund, Bonny Woodman, who has been on the board for many years, said that the fund will continue its work of helping the disadvantaged in Harare. “I love the joy of giving and we will continue to fundraise so that we answer people’s needs.”
Vainah Kakora (54), one of the wheelchair beneficiaries, said she was thankful to the fund as her new gift will restore her mobility. “I was having trouble walking due to my back problem but now I will be able to move by myself,” she said excitedly as she swung backwards and forward in her brand new set of wheels.
Five senior citizens who included 92-year old Tafara Mutandarika and Ester Jani (90) also benefited from the disbursement. Four children, Ayanda Lamus and Vincent Murimo aged three, five-year-old Tawanda Madite and Faith Mhlanga aged nine also received a wheelchair plus a blanket each.
The fund raises its donations from corporates as well as individuals through various annual events such as My Harare Fun Run and Walk which was held on Africa Day, the Mayor’s Golf Tournament and Mayor’s Dinner Dance which are usually held in the last quarter of the year.
The Cheer Fund dropped the word ‘Christmas’ during Mr Masunda’s term as it was decided that giving should not be restricted to Christmas.