Unique gala on the cards for people with disabilities

As an expression of solidarity with disabled people, a massive three-day national gala is set for Barbour Fields Stadium in Bulawayo starting on 3 December.

Around 7 000 people with disabilities and thousands of other merry-makers are expected to grace the event, which will see doctors and other medical specialists providing free medical services. Well-wishers will also be distributing food rations to people with disabilities at the event.

According to the director of Zimbabwe Epilepsy Support Foundation, Victor Mugwagwa, the event would be held as the nation’s expression of solidarity with people living with disabilities.

“We expect the corporate world and other well-wishers to bankroll the occasion, since entrance should be free of charge,” Mugwagwa told The Zimbabwean.

Top musicians such as Alic Macheso, Jah Prayzer, Sulumani Chimbetu, Baba Na Mai Charamba, Blessing Shumba, Mathew Mhere, Albert Nyati, Sandra Ndebele, Marabini and more will perform at the event, and will also talk about disability issues.

“The gala will be the first of its kind in the world and it’s hoped it will make governments and other stakeholders respect the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities,” said Mugwagwa.

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