Relief for Mighty Warriors

HARARE - The Mighty Warriors’ fundraising committee has stepped up efforts to raise resources for the women’s national football team ahead of their participation at this month’s Africa Women Cup of Nations in Cameroon by lining up a number of activities. 

With time no longer on their side, the Mighty Warriors, who are pitted against African giants Cameroon, South Africa and Egypt in Group A, are now expected to go into camp today at the Zesa Training Centre in Harare following the intervention of the fundraising committee.

Eager to ensure they pull all stops for the side’s participation in Cameroon, Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane last month commissioned a strong team of women and men to assist in securing at least $300 000 needed for the tournament.

Some of the figures on the committee include Old Mutual Group Marketing executive Lilian Mbayiwa, CBZ Holdings executive Joel Gombera, Pride Khumbula who is the corporate communications and innovations manager at Rainbow Towers Group Limited.

There is also Busi Chindove from Zimplats, Darren Thompson of Open Minds, Lawrence Zvimbudzana from the Sports ministry, Francis Chimanda Telecel and Daniel Mackenzie.

Speaking at a press briefing on their progress since their commissioning last month, Mbayiwa, who is the chairperson of the fundraising committee, said they are on course to raise the money and will today have a fundraising dinner.

“We have an exclusive fundraising dinner that we have scheduled at the Rainbow Towers tomorrow (today). Tickets are available through the Sports ministry and the committee.

“We have received a lot of support and we already sold quite a number of tables,” Mbayiwa said.

“The second initiative that we have for this fundraising is a nationwide raffle entitled #GirlPowerZW. The promotion will be run in the next day or two.”       

Entry fees for the dinner have been pegged at $3 000 for the Platinum Table, $2 000 for the Gold Table and the Ordinary Package which costs $1 000.

The committee has also organised a raffle where a lucky winner will drive away in a brand new Datsun Go sedan.

Mbayiwa pleaded for greater co-operation between football and the corporate world.

“I believe there is an opportunity for everyone in the country to play a role in supporting the Mighty Warriors as they prepare for Cameroon. We have seen quite a lot of corporates who have come forward to support some of the initiatives that we have in place,” she said.

“We have also seen individuals who are coming forward to put efforts together and ensure the Mighty Warriors succeed.

“We need to raise approximately $300 000 that can allow the team to camp and prepare and also participate at the tournament.”

Mbayiwa added: “We have quite a short time for them to prepare so they can make a mark at the games that are starting earlier this month. As the chairperson of this committee, I am touched by the dedication that I have seen from the team.

“It’s not very difficult for us to get things done because the people are self-driven and I am confident that our efforts will succeed.

We are also very grateful to PricewaterhouseCoopers who are the financial administrators to manage budgets funds disbursements from all our fundraising activities.

“This really shows that all the money that is coming will be well managed and well disbursed.

PricewaterhouseCoopers managing partner Tinashe Rwodzi assured all those who want to sponsor the Mighty Warriors that their money will not be misused.

“PWC are coming in as independent professional fund managers. We have allocated a very senior accountant who is a senior manager of PWC — Nyasha Patsanza — to look after the funds,” Rwodzi said.

“We have also opened a separate account with CBZ bank exclusively to handle these funds.

“Part of our mandate is that we will be given the power to sign and authorise any disbursements that are out of that fund.

“Our disbursing of that fund will be linked to the approvals of the committee or when applicable the approvals or funding agreement from a particular or specific funder.

“Therefore, our responsibility here is to make sure that no money leaves the account without the specific authority of either the committee or a specific sponsor.

“Also that the money goes to exactly where the committee has approved or where the funder or sponsor wants it to go.”

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