By Daniel Chigundu
THE Zimbabwe International Trade Fair Company (ZITF) says proceeds from its 2019 edition of Charity Golf Challenge will be channelled towards Cyclone Idai reconstructions efforts.
Government is currently sourcing funds from various sectors of the economy including the outside world in a bid to reconstruct infrastructure that was damaged by the ravaging Cyclone Idai.
The cyclone which swept across five provinces across the country with the hardest hit districts of Chimanimani and Chipinge in Manicaland experiencing severe destruction of infrastructure and livelihoods..
Some of the infrastructure in need of urgent reconstruction includes schools, clinics and hospitals, houses, roads and bridges among many others.
Although proceeds from the golf challenge have always been channelled towards charity activities, ZITF Chairman Ruth Ncube told the media at a briefing that this time round the funds will be channelled towards the Idai matter.
“The ZITF Company, in partnership with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and Old Mutual will once again host the ZITF Charity Golf Challenge. The annual tourney gives participants an opportunity to engage in critical business discussion in a relaxed environment away from the busy exhibition floors.
“The Deputy Minister of Youth Sport Arts and Recreation Hon. Yeukai Simbanegavi will join approximately 100 other participants to tee-off in support of a worthy cause. Proceeds will be donated to towards Cyclone Idai reconstruction efforts,” she said.
Beside the urgent need to reconstruct the key infrastructure people are also in need in food, clothes and blankets as most of them lost everything they had.
Various organisations local and international are currently working in the affected areas offering various services chief among the food, water and clothes among many others.
Just recently Christ Embassy leader Pastor Chris Oyakhilome sent clothes and food hampers to Idai victims in Chimanimani through the Pastor Chris Foundation branch in Zimbabwe and the Inner City Mission of Christ Embassy.
Mobile telecommunication network service provider Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has also come in a big way in helping the victims and has a dedicated team of volunteers who are helping with rescue work and feeding of people through the Higher Life Foundation.
The devastating Cyclone Idai mainly affected Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and some parts of Madagascar.
Mozambique is said have been the worst affected area with more a thousand people feared dead.
There is currently no conclusive number of Cyclone Idai related deaths as some people are still missing or uncounted for.-ENDS