Virus spoils ZimThrive parties


The debut local edition of ZimThrive which was meant to take place in various cities across Zimbabwe next month has been postponed to December because of the coronavirus global outbreak.

Events were supposed to take place in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Chimanimani, Nyanga and Kariba, among other destinations where entertainment and music concerts were also scheduled to take place.

In a statement, ZimThrive organisers said: “Following advice from the World Health Organisation, the Zimbabwean government and respective governments globally, we feel that minimising travel at this time will reduce the spread and impact of the virus.”

ZimThrive was to be a month-long initiative running under the theme “Homecoming” and meant to bring Zimbabweans who live in various countries around the world together and encourage them to gather in the country at the same time.

Through entertainment and games, the aim was to reinforce unity, build new and old friendships, and create a stronger and self-sufficient nation.

The organisers said the ZimThrive executive leadership has been monitoring the coronavirus outbreak and evaluating potential risks.

“Our key priority is the safety and health of fellow Zimbabweans therefore we have collectively made a decision to postpone the impending homecoming, scheduled to take place from April 1 to 30 and the event will now take place from December 1 to 31,” said ZimThrive co-founder Mike Tashaya.

Tashaya added that they are currently communicating with all event organisers and vendors, and working with them to reschedule their events for December.

He added that the team will keep people up to date with the new dates, plans, locations, accommodation and travel packages.

ZimThrive was launched in 2017 by two United Kingdom-based Zimbabweans — Tashaya and Mildred Mujanganja — in a bid to bring people that have migrated to other countries globally back to their roots in one entertainment event.


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