Prophetic Healing and Deliverance ministries (PhD) Founder, Walter Magaya has pledged 25 000 litres of fuel towards the newly rebranded National Youth and Paralympic Games to be held from 28th of July to the 10th of August this year in the Midlands province, the Chief Executive Officer James Chivivi Muvirimi has revealed.
Part of the donation, will target over 5 000 athletes and officials from all over the country’s provinces expected to appear at the Midlands capital.
In an interview with, Mr Muvirimi said Prophet Magaya had pledged last year to supply 10 000 litres of petrol and 15 000 litres of diesel but has not yet been received.
“We are still looking towards the pledge and we are making frantic efforts to secure it. It Is in the hands of the head office in Harare and Is largely being pursued to assist athletes in terms of transportation,” he said.
He added that, they have since secured 10 tonnes of maize grains and 2 tonnes of rice from the social welfare department as well as RTGS$17000 from the Ministry of Youth, Arts and Culture.
“We have received RTGS$17 000 from the Ministry of Youth, Arts and Culture as well as 10 tonnes of maize and 2 tonnes of rice from the Ministry of Social Welfare. The government has promised to do more towards the youth games for them to be a success,” added Mr Muvirimi.
He stated that, accommodation facilities were also certified, inspected and were ready for use.
Corporate Communications Officer for Students Representative Council (SRC), Tirivashe Nhewembwa said preparations for the games were at an advanced stage and also appealed to the business community to rally behind the National Youth and Paralympic games.
“One appeal that I would like to make is that, there is need for the local business community in and around Midlands province to rally behind and support the games so that it becomes a unanimous event,” he stated.
The Under-23 category and open age group for the Paralympic athletes will take place between July 27 and August 3 while the U-18 category runs from August 4 to 10.
Participants will compete in 19 sporting disciplines that include soccer, athletics, handball, boxing, tennis, netball, volleyball, cricket, baseball and basketball, among others.
These games used to mainly focus on the U-20 age group but the re-branded games will now encompass the U-23’s, where successful athletes will be selected for high level training and exposure.