Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
MINISTER of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Dr Ellen Gwaradzimba has hailed the arts sector in the province for coming together to assist the victims of Cyclone Idai in Chipinge and Chimanimani. Speaking recently at an event where a local entertainment company Executive Casino handed over an assortment of goods and clothing valued at more than $4 000, Dr Gwaradzimba said it was commendable for arts sector to spare a thought for and chip in to assist the victims. Executive Casino, a local gaming organisation, donated clothes, shoes, cooking oil, sugar, soap and sanitary pads among other items, in a gesture that touched the recipients.
“We are very grateful. Zimbabweans are amazing people. We are united and we always make sure that we work together for one common cause. You are a small business that is still establishing itself, but you made an effort to donate to people and alleviate the crisis bedevilling Chimanimani and Chipinge. The thought behind the motive is what we cherish most.
The victims need these things, especially clothing, considering that we are approaching winter,” she said.
Casino’s marketing manager Eddie Matowe said their gesture was motivated by an intrinsic desire to make positive mark on the lives of those affected by one of the worst natural phenomenon to plague the province.
“As a company, we realised that we should come together as staff and our partners to donate to those affected by Cyclone Idai. We are glad to meet you, and we believe this donation will inspire others to come aboard and assist to the victims.
“This is also part of our community responsibility programmes as an organisation operating in the affected province,” said Matowe.