KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY CHITUNGWIZA MUNICIPALITY ACTING TOWN CLERK DR TONDERAI KASU AT THE EVENT OF CHITUNGWIZA CHEERFUND FUNDRASING DINNER HELD AT CRESTA JAMESON HOTEL ON 10 FEBRUARY, 2017.

GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HERE PRESENT,

CHITUNGWIZA MUNICIPALITY FUNDRAISING COMMITTEE,

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

IT IS MY SINGULAR HONOUR TO WELLCOME YOU ALL TO THIS INAUGURAL EVENT, THE CHITUNGWIZA MUNICIPALITY CHEERFUND FUNDRAISING DINNER, WHERE WE TAKE TIME TO REMEMBER THE LESS PRIVILEGED MEMBERS IN OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH SHARING WITH THEM THE LITTLE WE CAN OUTSOURCE.

I AM HUMBLED TO STAND BEFORE YOU, TAKING TIME FROM ALL YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO BE TOGETHER WITH THE ENDEAVOUR TO SUPPORT AND STANDBY THE NEEDY, WHO ARE THE LESS PRIVILEGED PEOPLE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES.

THIS IS THE DAY THE LORD HAS SEEN FIT FOR US TO GATHER HERE, AT CRESTA JAMESON HOTEL FOR THIS WORTHY CAUSE. THAT AS WE SIT, MIX AND MINGLE, AND ENJOY THE GOOD FOOD, DRINKING LET US HAVE THE LESS PRIVILAGED AT HEART.

AS IT HAS BECOME OUR CULTURE EVERY YEAR TO SHARE, EAT AND SOCIALISE WITH SUCH GROUPS, WHO INCLUDE THE OLD-AGED, PEOPLE LIVING WITH ALBINISM, ORPHANS AND DESTITUTES, WE ARE PROUD AS A COUNCIL, TOGETHER WITH EVERYONE WHO DONATED SOMETHING TOWARDS THIS CAUSE, THAT WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR BENEVOLANCE.

WITH YOUR SUPPORT, THIS EVENT HAS COME TO FRUTION AND MAY THE ALMIGHTY BLESS YOU FOR YOUR KINDHEARTEDNESS. YOU MANAGED TO CONTRIBUTE YOUR HARD EARNED CASH THROUGH PURCHASING TICKETS, JOINING US IN THIS STRUGGLE OF SOURCING FOR FOODSTUFFS, CLOTHING AND AMONG OTHER NECESSITIES TO BRING A SMILE ONTO SOMEONE’S FACE.

FOR IT IS WRITTEN IN THE SCRIPTURES THAT AND I QUOTE, “BLESSED IS THE HAND THAT GIVES, THAN THAT RECEIVES.”

I WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS MY TOTAL GRATITUDE FOR THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE GIVEN US TOWARDS THIS NOBLE CAUSE. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE LIFE WE ARE LIVING IS NOW EXPENSIVE CONSIDERING THE CURRENT PREVAILING ECONOMIC HARDSHIPS. THIS CLUSTER NEEDS OUR SUPPORT, IN KIND AND PRAYERS TO GUIDE THEM.

LET ME ALSO HASTEN TO SAY THAT PROCEEDS REALISED FROM THIS EVENT, WILL BE CHANNELED TOWARDS HELPING OR FEEDING AT LEAST 600 PLUS MEMBERS WHO WERE IDENTIFIED IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE HAD A NUMBER OF ACTITIES, ALL AIMED AT SOURCING FOR THE PROVISIONS NEEDED TO DISTRIBUTE TO THE BENEFICIAIRIES DURING THE FIRST WEEK OF MARCH.

RECENTLY, WE HOSTED A GOSPEL MUSICAL SHOW IN CHITUNGWIZA TOWARDS THE SAME CAUSE AND YET TO COME IS ANOTHER MUSICIAL EXTRAVAGANZA, WHERE GREAT MUSICIANS FROM CHITUNGWIZA AND HARARE WILL BE PERFORMING, DONATING THEIR TIME TO HELP US FUNDRAISE FOR THE NEEDY.

WE ARE STILL IN NEED OF HELP AND IT IS OUR CALL THAT THOSE WHO WISH TO HELP SHOULD NOT WITHHOLD WHATEVER THEY CAN.

MAY I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL CORPORATES WHO DONATED FOODSTUFFS, CASH AND OTHER NECESSITIES, AND WOULD LIKE TO URGE YOU, TO CONTINUE TO DO GOOD, I THANK YOU.