After reading the article, the St Augustine Old Student Association responded and donated $415 to enable Nyakunika to undergo chemotherapy.
The family of former Deputy Energy Minister Munacho Mutezo also responded to the article and donated an amount of $500 towards medical bills. The money as well as groceries were handed over to the Nyakunika family at a moving ceremony held in Mutare.
It is with regret that we report the passing on of Kizito Nyakunika who ultimately lost his battle with cancer, but we are also pleased to report that the St Augustineâ€™s Old Student Association have once again come to the rescue of the family. Last week they handed over 20 egg laying chickens and three bags of chicken feed to the Nyakunika family. Upon receiving the donation, Mavis, wife of the late Nyakunika said she was deeply touched by this kind, income-generating donation.
â€œIt is wonderful that there are some people out there who have the heart to look after other, needy people. While my husband was still alive the St Augustineâ€™s Old Student Association stood by us. Unfortunately my husband died from cancer, but we are touched and overwhelmed by the group’s kindness and assistance. As a family we are greatly humbled by this donation. It will help to sustain this family,â€ she said.
The Mutasa Central MP Trevor Saruwaka (MDC-T), who was present at the handover ceremony, thanked the St Augustineâ€™s Old Students Association for remembering the needy.
â€œI give credit to your association for doing what the government has failed to do. I give credit to you for helping the needy. Government has failed to look after its people and it is encouraging to see others pooling their resources to assist the needy,â€ he said.
â€œI hope that this donation will go a long way to generating the income necessary to sustain the Nyakunika family. I encourage other people with big hearts to continue assisting fellow citizens who are in need,â€ said Saruwaka.
He urged government to declare cancer a national health crisis to enable local and international donors to channel more resources towards its treatment.
In March this year The Zimbabwean reported the moving story of family breadwinner Kizito Nyakunika, who had been diagnosed with cancer, but could not afford treatment.