Building futures on the rugby field

17 May, 2024 - 00:05 0 Views
Building futures on the rugby field Lillian Mbayiwa

The ManicaPost

 

Ray Bande
Senior Reporter

 

MORE than 10 000 school-going youngsters from different parts of the country, among them the physically challenged, have benefited from the Old Mutual Zimbabwe bankrolled Tag Rugby Trust initiative.

The initiative imparts valuable life lessons and help athletes to become better individuals, while using the power of sport (rugby) to retain attention.

Tag Rugby Trust is a charitable organisation dedicated that seeks to build some futures through rugby, and utilises the transformative potential of sport to engage and educate children.

The calendar of events for this year’s Old Mutual Zimbabwe and Tag Rugby Trust collaboration is packed with exciting activities and opportunities for community engagement.

The programme kicked off on May 3 with the Young Leader Training at the Tag Rugby Trust Hub.

The action then moves to various locations across Zimbabwe, including in Mutare, where tournaments will take place, promoting the spirit of sportsmanship and community unity.

In addition to the tournaments, career guidance sessions will also be held, providing invaluable support and mentorship to the youngsters.

The calendar also features events such as the Marondera Senior Tag, Plumtree Tournament, Masvingo Tournament, and a tournament in Bulawayo.

Old Mutual Zimbabwe’s Group Marketing, Public Affairs and Sustainability Executive, Lillian Mbayiwa expressed their commitment to supporting Tag Rugby Trust, shedding light on the reason behind the organisation’s generous donations.

“The impact of Tag Rugby Trust’s work has been remarkable, positively affecting the lives of over 10 000 children to date. By utilising rugby as a vehicle for personal growth and community development, the trust has created opportunities for young athletes to thrive and succeed.

“As a responsible business committed to driving positive change, Old Mutual Zimbabwe has been a proud sponsor of Tag Rugby Trust since 2011, supporting the organisation’s mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people across the country through the power of rugby,” she said.

In 2018, they extended their reach to children with learning difficulties through the ‘I Am Able Through Rugby programme’ and vulnerable girls aged 12 to 18 through the ‘Female Inspiration Through Rugby programme’.

Mbayiwa said Old Mutual’s support aligns with their overarching mission of doing great things every day.

“As a company deeply rooted in the community, we recognise the significance of empowering young individuals and fostering their holistic growth,” she added.

Old Mutual’s sponsorship extends beyond supporting the leagues.

They also play a crucial role in funding Tag Rugby’s food production project.

This initiative brings children from diverse backgrounds together to participate in projects such as broiler rearing and rabbit farming.

The profits generated from these projects benefit the community, while the organisation diligently monitors the utilisation of funds, ensuring their effective and impactful allocation.

Taddy Whata, Tag Rugby Trust’s Young Leaders Manager, expressed gratitude to Old Mutual for their ongoing support.

He acknowledged the profound impact made possible through their unwavering commitment.

“We thank Old Mutual. Their support has enabled us to create a meaningful impact on the lives of young individuals,” he said.

 

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