Makaya fundraises for xenophobia victims

HARARE - Former Miss Zimbabwe Catherine Makaya has embarked on a fund-raising campaign for xenophobia victims in South Africa, where she is studying Law at the University of Johannesburg.

Makaya whose reign lasted only three months before falling out with the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson, Marry Chiwenga said people are not looking at the health aspect of xenophobia.

“It has nothing to do with politics. I am planning a fund-raising for the victims and supporting them. I just feel the need to help the victims, the need to help my people but most importantly to help Africa.

“I feel doing marches is not enough. I am determined to do something not for show, walking and singing songs are not enough for these people.  They need money for medical attention and so much more that I feel we can raise enough funds to help them get back on their feet.

“The victims of the xenophobic attacks are still suffering from burns, their children have died and more than 1 000 women and children are freezing with no clothes and sanitary wear,” she said.

The beauty added that she cannot do it alone, but is engaging other students as well.

“Yesterday, I assisted a female resident to fund-raise money and we raised R1 000 in a few hours, so what I speak of is achievable. I plan on involving residents on campus.

“For a week we will be placing boxes around the complex and in the Student Centre to gather donations.

“We will sell cupcakes and do whatever we can to raise enough money. I also want to approach big shops for help; I can only offer them publicity unfortunately,” she said.

Her work is not ending there as she plans to get the university on board.

“I wanted to also get the university involved so I have scheduled a meeting with the president of the international students to see what we can do.

“I am going to Cape Town to compete in an athletics meeting, because I am here on a full sports scholarship and studying Bcom Law so it’s all very hectic, and at the end of the day we are only students, but we have the opportunity and the audience to make a change, inspire and move the people of Zimbabwe, the people of southern Africa, the people back home,” she said.

Comments (1)

you insipre me Catherine keep it up. Considering what you went through last year you still show that you a a resilient young woman who is a humanitarian... you are truly 'A BEAUTY WITH A PURPOSE" love you loads xxxx

mutsa - 28 April 2015

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