HARARE – Miss Carnival Zimbabwe Dananai Chipunza says the charity dinner held on Wednesday night to raise money for orphans and vulnerable children surpassed the targeted $15 000.
“We haven’t finished the accounting process yet but the pledges on the night surpassed the target of $15 000.
“It was successful and the relevant people attended,” said Chipunza.
Several people attended the dinner including Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson Mary Chiwenga, health minister David Parirenyatwa and the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) chief executive Karikoga Kaseke.
The guests made several pledges including $10 000 from ZTA.
Miss Carnival has so far identified 30 children who will benefit from the proceeds.
“As part of my charity work I was moving around looking for children in difficult situations and managed to come out with 30,” she said.
ZTA has pledged to help Chipunza set up a home for the children.
“They pledged to rent out a house for the children and those who were looking after them who will automatically become their caregivers. Some were living with their grandparents who were failing to pay rentals as well as providing meals.”
The tourism authority has promised to give the children a tourism treat.
“Most of the children have never been out of Harare, let alone been on a plane. ZTA pledged to fly them to Vic Falls which will be a good experience for them,” said Chipunza.