HARARE – Former TV and radio personality Tinopona Katsande aka TinTin will today launch the SaveAshley fundraising campaign in Harare.
Through her newly-launched organisation, Celebrities Combined, TinTin is fundraising money for little Ashley Mtengwa of Mutoko.
Ashley has a hole in her heart measuring 1,5cm and desperately needs surgery on her heart to fix this problem and inevitably save her life.
Rising musician Ammara Brown one of the spokespersons for the SaveAshley said: “We are going to be at Avondale, Borrowdale and Chisipite Shopping centers today and tomorrow with our donation buckets appealing to everyone we see to donate at least a dollar to SaveAshley. We are appealing to everyone who sees us to please donate.”
The total cost of the surgery is $6 500, with the additional costs for medication, post operation care, board and food for Ashley and her mother who is accompanying her to India, totalling of $5 000”.
Katsande said it was a miracle on its own that Ashley’s parents had managed to raise the full $6 500 already on their own through a loan from their employer which has already been sent to India, but now they needed to raise the remaining amount for medications and their 21-day stay in India after the operation.
“As a combined effort we are appealing to all who see us today and tomorrow to please donate what they can so that we can give little vivacious Ashley the best Christmas present she could ever receive and that is the gift of life. People can also donate through Ecocash number 0773192737” she added.
Celebrities Combined launched their charity initiative two months ago when they played a big role on fundraising for Natasha
Sanyanga who needed an urgent bone marrow transplant in India.
It is reported that Natasha received the life saving operation and is still currently in India with her family where she is now receiving chemotherapy and is recovering well.