Zaranyika High pupil lands Seed Co deal


HARARE - Seed Co Limited continues with its quest to make a positive impact in education, sports and culture and this time have extended their roots down into the remote Murewa assisting underprivileged athlete Norest Mashongera from Zaranyika Secondary School.

The emerging long distance star from the little-known school that only has an enrolment of 200 pupils, conquered the U16 age group right from the zonal up to the national competitions in the 10km event catching the eye of Seed Co.

And as they say at Seed Co “everything starts with the right seed,” the company did not hesitate to embrace the young athlete by giving him a sponsorship that includes four training sports shoes, 10 skin tights, 10 training vests, two kit bags and tracksuits.

The sponsorship also extended to his academics where Seed Co took over the burden of school uniforms from his mother, a single parent.

They handed him over four pairs of trousers, four pairs of school shirts, four pairs of school shoes and two pairs of jerseys to prepare him well for the winter.

“...When we said let’s get on board, we were chasing and running against time, the young man had done so well from a small village, from a small school with an enrolment of 200 and that’s tiny.

“When you are a tiny person, you don’t expect much but if I could encourage you; people didn’t realise that the saviour was coming from Nazareth and one of the people who then become his disciple said ‘what good can come out of Nazareth,’ and the Messiah came from Nazareth,” Seed Co head of public relations and communications Marjorie Mutemererwa said during the handover ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Stapleford.

“So in as much as we in our minds think that numbers make a statement sometimes it’s not like that or size make a statement sometimes its’s not like that so in as much as I’m trying to encourage you I’m also rebuking myself we all have that kind of mind set.”

Mutemererwa added that their corporate social responsibility (CSR) borders along the uplifting of every deserving case despite their social standing in the society.

“Seed Co’s has made great efforts to ensure that we facilitate education, sports and culture in Zimbabwe.  Our agenda is governed by the understanding that this is instrumental towards economic development. Our focus is to ensure that we help to raise quality citizens. Sports build confidence, children have the opportunity to show their skills, gain greater self-awareness, and enjoy an activity that they love the most.  It has also been suggested that sports also contribute to stronger academics. Through sports, kids learn the importance of time management and discipline,” she said.

“Our CSR policy has always aimed to bridge the gap between the privileged and the advantaged in life. With this in mind we have made strides to ensure that as Seed Co we will not let a talented athlete like Norest go and represent our country without giving the much needed support and assistance.In receiving the sponsorship, the sixteen-year-old Mashongera’s mother, Christina, paid tribute to Seed Co for extending a helping hand at a time of need.

“I am at a loss for words, I would like to thank the Seed Co family for coming to the aid of my son, you are God-sent. I would also like to thank the school for giving him the platform to showcase his talent in sport, it is my hope and belief as a parent that he will continue serving the school with distinction in both academics and sport,” Mai Mashongera said.

Zaranyika Secondary School head Nyasha Marambanyika chronicled Mashongera’s road to success.

“Norest started attending our school in Form One but we only realised his talent when he qualified in the zonal sometime in January. He went on to qualify for the districts that took place at a nearby High School, Muchinjikwa and he was number one again.

“With that position, he qualified for the district finals in Marondera and he was number one again. We actually attended that event because it was a big thing for us. We are very small school from Murehwa and we have a student who goes that far was a very big achievement for us,” Marambanyika said.

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