Festival founder appeals for help

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Jeffrey Muvundusi

in BULAWAYO

 

BULAWAYO Help Network (BHN), a charity organisation has appealed for funding to help ailing Bulawayo Music Festival founder and coordinator Michael Bullivant.

The organisation which has since sent a begging bowl locally and in the diaspora is seeking to raise at least US$12 000 for Bullivant’s hip replacement.

In a statement, the Network said: “He now urgently requires a hip replacement and due to the historical collapse of pensions and inadequate medical aid in Zimbabwe, he finds himself in the unfortunate situation where he cannot afford this essential operation.

“It is time for Bulawayo to give something back to Michael. The cost of the operation as far as we can estimate is US$12 000,” said Mike Carter the BHN chairperson.

“The Bulawayo Music Festival is known for hosting international artists. The festival has been also popular in the school curriculum in the past years but due to financial constraints it has been an on-and-off affair.

Though little known in the country’s arts sector, Bullivant was end of 2019 honoured by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom for his contribution in the education, music and relations between Zimbabwe and the UK.

Bullivant, a former deputy head at Milton High School and principal of the Zimbabwe Academy of Music, was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year’s Honours list.

Bullivant has almost single handedly kept the Academy of Music going and has been indefatigable in his promotion of classical music in Zimbabwe.

He has also been responsible for reaching out to disadvantaged communities to ensure that classical music is enjoyed by all Zimbabweans.

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