By Matilda Hove
Three primary schools in Gweru have donated clothes, food stuffs and money to assist children affected by Cyclone Idai in different parts of Chimanimani.
The three schools namely, Matongo, Lundi Park and Airforce Thornhill primary which were represented by their students, teachers and headmasters donated groceries, money and clothes worth thousands of dollars at a heart ceremony held at the PA’s boardroom.
The headmistress of Lundi Park primary school, Mrs. Joyful Mupinyuri said they got motivated by the gravity of the disaster and felt the need to help since there were a lot of people who were in need.
“As a school, we got motivated by the gravity of the disaster to such an extent that we felt the need to participate in the donation and help with basic needs for those who were affected by this cyclone, since the government cannot do it on its own,” said Mrs Mupinyuri.
Acting Provincial Administrator (PA), Joram Chimedza said Midlands province particularly Gweru has already contributed a lot and expects people to continue donating in the future.
“We have donated 3 truckloads of 30 tons of goods to help the victims of the cyclone here in Midlands, particularly Gweru and we will be more grateful if the citizens continue to donate whatever they can afford in the future,” said Chimedza.
He commended the three schools for being part of this great initiative of helping their colleagues from the affected areas as they have set an example for others to follow.
“Am touched by the donations and for the generosity shown, l am really pleased. The children from Lundipark, Airforce Thornhill and Matongo primary have really done a great job by remembering other young people of their age who need help,” he said.
Airforce primary school headmaster, Mr Benson Chigeregede said that it is proper to give a hand in such situations since no one knows when the same problem will befall on ourselves.
“We are very fortunate if we have children who are able to understand other people’s predicament and feel the need to help them get out of the situation by providing with whatever they have. It is only appropriate for us to help since we do not know when those similar incidents will befall us,” Chigeregede said.
A teacher from Matongo primary, Ellen Kaseke also added on to say that, the children are full of enthusiasm to help and they are still bringing in clothes to donate.
“Our pupils are still eager to help with the donations and they are still bringing in clothes from home, which means that they do understand and sympathize with the victims of the cyclone. We want to appreciate their parents’ support too as they give their children those clothes to donate,” said Kaseke.