Harare Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund Raises USD30k

It is something we used to see on on ZBC TV pre mid-2005 era.

Who can ever forget the late Mayor Solomon Tawengwa going on TV and saying

For every 1 litre of ko-kora…

It was about the feel-good factor, when people who could, chose to make a difference in society.

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, his wife Fran & Harare Mayor's Cheer Fund Chairperson Tendayi Mashingaidze

Mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, his wife Fran & Harare Mayor’s Cheer Fund Chairperson Tendayi Mashingaidze

New Harare Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund board chairman Tendayi Mashingaidze¬†is working to bring that back and even though it was not on the state broadcaster, the first dinner of its kind in a while was an interesting evening at the plush The Venyue in Avondale on Thursday.

There were times the audience shuffled in their seats and cringed every time the director of ceremonies made moves for their table but all in all the spirit of giving was strong as pledges came in. The auction saw some items sold three times as people put them back up for auction after buying them. All for a good cause which Mashingaidze confirmed to us raised USD30,000.

Harare Mayor's Cheer Fund Chairperson Tendayi Mashingaidze and comedian Carl Joshua Ncube

Harare Mayor’s Cheer Fund Chairperson Tendayi Mashingaidze and comedian Carl Joshua Ncube

Maybe it was the presence of His Worship Bernard Manyenyeni and his wife Fran. We also spotted trailblazing ZOL CEO Denny Marandure, US Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton among other dignitaries.

To show the effect that the cheer fund has had Nyasha Bonde, a beneficiary of the fund told the audience that she just completed a 2.1 Honours degree in Sociology with the University of Zimbabwe and would now be pursuing.

Former Mayoress Fikile Masunda talked of the fine margins between someone getting a degree or being on the streets.

Sometimes all these kids need is $50 to complete their education.

For 2016 the Fund intends to be even more ambitious as it pushes to raise $1 million. It has some ideas and we think they would work. We would love to see them work. The city needs to take care of its own.

Entertainment was provided by RnB singer Emilia Patrick and comedian Carl Joshua Ncube.