HARARE - Intratrek Zimbabwe (Private) Limited (Intratrek) has donated $50 000 to a charity initiative for orphans run by Miss Carnival Dananai Chipunza.
The hand-out, announced by company director and Harare businessman Wicknell Chivayo, will be used to meet the educational needs of at least 30 children who were identified under the beauty queen’s Fund-A-Future (FAF) project.
“As Intratrek Zimbabwe, we are committed to continue supporting orphans around the country and, thus, we have set aside nearly $250 000, which will be given to underprivileged children in six other areas namely Zvimba, Mount Darwin, Tsholotsho, Gwanda, Bulawayo and Masvingo,” the budding solar tycoon said.
GIVING BACK: Danai Chipunza, Wicknell Chivayo and his attorney.
“In our view — and as patriotic Zimbabweans — this is our very small way of thanking the masses for voting the revolutionary party (Zanu PF).
And with that, I urge other young and successful businessmen to… give back to the community,” Chivayo said, adding “Intratrek reserved the right to exercise its discretion on who can benefit from the fund and the company would be extremely circumspect to ensure the money is used for the right cause.”
Under the agreement between Chipunza and Intratrek, the money will be disbursed in tranches of not more than $3 000 per term and the FAF founder praised Chivayo’s philanthropic gesture, and willingness to help the underprivileged in society.
“On November 15, I received the news that most of the Fund-A-Future children or would-be beneficiaries had been chased away from school over outstanding fees and, together with Mambosasa Legal Practitioners, we approached Chivayo of Intratrek Zimbabwe for urgent help and… he not only offered to cover the fees, but went on to donate $50 000,” she said.
“With this amount, the kids will not only be able to go back to school and write their exams, but we believe we have enough for their fees to cover their entire schooling life or period,” Chipunza said, adding more “entrepreneurs must emulate the Harare businessman for seeing the importance of funding a child’s education for a better Zimbabwe”.
The donation comes hard on the heels of an October 9 gala dinner and where $15 000 was raised.
At the event, attended by several high-profile personalities including Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson Mary Mubaiwa-Chiwenga and Health minister David Parirenyatwa, Karikoga Kaseke’s Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) made the biggest donation of the night with a $10 000 pledge. Australian and Gaining Edge Company boss Gary Grimmer also graced the occasion.
In addition, the tourism promotion body also offered to help Chipunza secure a home for the orphaned children or kids and take them on countrywide tours, as part of the CEO’s social responsibility programme.
On Thursday, Kaseke reiterated that as organisers of the Miss Carnival bash, they had “an obligation to assist whoever wins the pageant” and he thanked all those who had come up to support the charity initiative.
Apart from Mambosasa, who are in charge of the fund, FAF will have five more trustees and just as the deed is already under registration.