The fund was launched at a colourful function held in the council chambers last Thursday, with captains of industry, senior council officials and councillors in attendance.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor Thaba Moyo said that while the harsh economic conditions in the country had grossly affected businesses, they could still spare what little they could to put a smile on someone else’s face.
“The harsh economic climate continues to negatively impact organisations and this has grossly affected the fund raising programme. The 2011 edition of the mayor’s Christmas cheer fund is being launched today with the objective of bringing about good cheer during this year’s Christmas period,” said Moyo.
He said in 2010 they had set a target of $50 000 of which they had managed to get $30 000. This was donated to 6 839 individuals and 30 charitable organisations.
“It was through your spirited donations that 1 839 more people benefited from the 5 000 beneficiaries in 2009. This year we are looking forward to widening the gap and surpassing our target of $100 000. With your support we can make it,” said Moyo.
The acting chairperson of the fund’s board of trustees, who is also the chief executive officer for Zimplow Limited, Zondi Kumwenda said it was important to note that there were many people suffering who could not celebrate Christmas and it was important to support those needy individuals.Post published in: News