EXTRACT FROM THE TIMES, 29 MAY – 4 JUNE 2015, BRONFENBRENNER TORUBANDA

Sport has the power to integrate communities and foster nation building said the Davis Granite Group Co-ordinator, Mrs Veronica Stanley during the HIV/AIDS Sport and Fun Day held at Gweru Premier Stonecrushers last Saturday.

She said their organisation realised the potential of sport in mobilizing resources towards the needy, especially vulnerable school children who lacked financial assistance.

“We launched the Sport and Fun Day programme in 2010 in a bid to mobilize resources towards the less privileged children in our community and the money can be used to buy uniforms, clothes, fees and other specific needs”, said Mrs Stanley.

She said the programme was inaugurated in 2010 in Bulawayo where Davis Granite adopted Sizane High School through mobilisation of funds from sporting activities and similar gatherings.

“We stated in 2010 by adopting Sizane High School in Bulawayo and we introduced the programme to Gweru Premier Stonecrushers in 2014 so we are happy because already our organisation is making a difference in the Hwahwa community by donating all the proceeds of the day’s event”, she said.

Hwahwa Deputy Headmaster, Mr Philimon Kuchicha said the school was grateful to Premier Stonecrushers for their donation which would help to ease the plight of underprivileged students in their school.

“We thank Premier Stonecrushers for their donation as this will go a long way in helping orphans in our school as most of them lost parents due to HIV/AIDS.  The money will cater for fees and uniforms and we hope other organisations will emulate the example set by Premier Stonecrushers and help us with more donations since most of the children in the School are vulnerable and needy”, said Mr Kuchicha.

The event co-ordinator Mr William Mudzingwa said they will be handing all the money realised from the event to Hwahwa school Headmaster this week as part of their organisational social responsibility.

“As Premier Stonecrushers we feel indebted to extend our hand to the Hwahwa community as part of our efforts to alleviate the stigmatisation suffered by these orphans who are often in dire need of financial aid for fees and clothes”, said Mr Mudzingwa.

One of the workers also a Director of the event, Rhoda Mukutsani said while the event was targeted at mobilising funds for orphans, it was also doing much in eradicating the HIV/AIDS related stigma.

“Apart from mobilizing funds for orphans, the event is also crucial in the eradication of HIV/AIDS stigmatization as the event is held under the theme Premier Stonecrushers, MASO and the community crushing HIV/AIDS related Stigma”, said Ms Mutkutsani.

She added that various stakeholders like MASO, PSI and members of the community were invited to the event and various sporting activities like soccer, netball, pool and darts were undertaken to spice the event with edutainment.