NEW: Old boys to the rescue

08 Jun, 2024 - 12:06 0 Views
NEW: Old boys to the rescue HELPING HAND . . . Former Mutare Boys' High and Hillcrest College student Washington Ziwiwi (right), who played first team rugby for both learning institutions, hands over a cash donation to Mutare Boys' High headmaster Phillip Padhuze. - Picture: Ray Bande

The ManicaPost


Ray Bande
Senior Reporter


THE story of the development of rugby in Manicaland Province can never be complete without mention of Mutare Boys’ High School and how their former students are ensuring that the legacy of the game lives on by rendering a helping hand to the sport at the institution.


As they get down to one of the fiercest schools rugby derby against Hillcrest College today (Saturday) at 3pm at Hillcrest College Grounds, the Shumbaz, as Mutare Boys High School rugby team is fondly referred to over generations, will surely be motivated by cash and ambulance services donations that came their way this week.


Politician Washington Ziwiwi, who played first team rugby in 1994 at Mutare Boys’ High before enrolling at Hillcrest College for Advanced Level where he also played the sport, set the ball rolling by handing a substantial cash donation to the Shumbaz.


Ziwiwi said: “I am an old boy of both schools and used to play first team rugby at Mutare Boys’ High School and Hillcrest. I heard the former have no funds to cover expenses for away matches and as an old boy saw it fit to sponsor their match on Saturday when the battle of my former schools takes place.”

Mutare Boys’ High headmaster Philip Padhuze said: “To Washington Ziwiwi, we say thank you so much for your generous cash donation to the school’s rugby team. Your support means the world to us and will make a significant difference in our ability to fulfill our away fixtures. We are truly grateful for your compassion and commitment to our mission. Donations like yours allow us to play rugby in top schools.


“Thank you again for your kindness. We appreciate you being part of our community of supporters as Old Boys.”


Padhuze said the donation will go towards meeting fuel, food for the players, and refreshments costs.


Discovery Ambulance Services owner David Munowenyu, who is also a former Mutare Boys’ High School student, chipped in with world class ambulance services at all their matches.

Padhuze went on to say: “For the David Munowenyu donation, the presence of his skilled emergency medical staff and well-equipped ambulances. The donation of ambulance services by Munowenyu will allow the rugby team to focus on the game, knowing that professional medical care is readily available if required. It is greatly appreciated.”

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