and Tinashe Nekati
ZIMBABWE Cricket (ZC) marked their return to active sport following months on the sidelines owing to the coronavirus (Covid-19)-induced lockdown with a rare act of charity as they visited Chinyaradzo Children’s Home with donations for the underprivileged.
The government recently announced the lifting of the lockdown on low risk sports under the low risk and medium risks codes and the Daily News caught up with ZC while they were busy with their corporate social responsibility.
ZC were represented at the Highfield-based centre by managing director Givemore Makoni, events coordinator Nesta Vaki, captains Chamu Chibhabha and Mary-Anne Musonda.
“We have realised that during these Covid-19 times, when things are really difficult, the less privileged need us most. As ZC we felt it is a role that we need to play. We have brought some donations to try and lessen the burden on our children who live here,” Makoni told the Daily News on the sidelines of the donation.
“We are trying by all means to ensure that we play a role in curbing the spread of coronavirus.
“Highfield is a place where cricket is popular and the centre where the majority of our less privileged kids come from so we were biased towards the home but we would want resources permitting to spread it to all the other children’s homes. We are doing this here and we are also doing the same at another children’s home in Bulawayo as well.”
Makoni said they will be returning to Chinyaradzo with another necessities after consultations with the authorities.
“Our management is trying to find out their needs and to see if we can meet them,” he said.
“We may not fulfil the list in its entirety but obviously we would go an extra mile to ensure that we give them what they need during this time. We understand they are struggling as the economy is not so good and people cannot donate generously. So we urge everybody and other donors not to forget these children.”
Lady Chevrons skipper Musonda said it is vital to teach the kids at the home how to play cricket for in them lies future national team stars.
“It’s such a wonderful thing to do. I think at the end of the day it’s about helping people because cricket is about people playing the sport, so at the end of the day you need to give back to the people,” Musonda told the Daily News.
“These children might be our future stars in the Chevrons and Lady Chevrons teams, so always remember them and assist whenever we can.
“You can tell that they are slightly timid, probably because society has made them think or see themselves as inferior. It will be good for us to keep coming here to play cricket with them and to teach them how to play. You never know where they will end up.”