HARARE – The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has hosted a charity ball for the less privileged.
Approximately 85 organisations participated and close to $115 000 was raised at the ball, held last week.
Gershom Pasi, the commissioner-general of Zimra, said “the tradition of giving and sharing has become so entrenched within the Zimra culture to such an extent that stations now make contributions from their own pockets and give donations to charitable institutions within their areas of jurisdiction.”
Pasi said Zimra introduced the charity ball in 2004 and the corporate world has supported the cause in a big way.
Charity ball proceeds are distributed to selected beneficiaries including orphaned children, senior citizens and other vulnerable members of the society.
For the proceeds of this year, Zimra will select beneficiaries from across the country.
Proceeds from the 2012 edition of the Zimra Charity Ball were distributed to 25 charity institutions and deserving university students from across the country.
This year’s theme was “Towards Sustainability”.
Pasi said: “Abraham Lincoln once remarked that, ‘You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.’ This calls for the need to identify ways of empowering those in need so that their condition is totally and permanently changed for the better.”
Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa said in a speech read on his behalf that the theme of the Zimra Annual Charity Ball aptly summed up the adage that instead of giving people fish, teach them how to fish and give them essential tools to facilitate the fishing project.
Chinamasa said, “This is the basis of self-sustenance and sustainable development for the charitable institutions that will benefit from the proceeds of this charity ball. By so doing, you are directly contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, especially eradication of extreme poverty and hunger and achievement of universal primary education.”
There was pomp and fanfare at the charity ball with Free Devine Choir, which consists of former prisoners, singing at the event. Victor Kunonga and his band also performed at the ball.