Gwanda mayor Knowledge Ndlovu urged the community to remember the less privileged as Christmas Day approaches, when he distributed goodies to over 40 orphans at the municipality chambers on Friday as part of this year’s Mayor’s Christmas Cheer Fund.
However, due to the liquidity crunch being faced across the country, not enough donations were raised to cater for the elderly.
“We need the support of the business community and the community at large to cater for the less privileged among ourselves,” he said.
“This time around we are targeting the orphans while the elderly will be taken care of in February.
“We now want this cheer fund to run across the year from January to December as these people face challenges on a daily basis.”
The donations included basic commodities such as sugar, cooking oil, flour and soap among other commodities.
Ndlovu said they had only managed to assist 43 orphaned children this year, adding there were quite a number of others who needed help.
He thanked OK Zimbabwe and McInn for donations.
He added they were looking at assisting orphaned children by paying school fees and providing them with school needs.
Busi Mthombeni, whose year-old orphaned grandchild benefited from the distribution, thanked the mayor for the initiative.
“Her mother died when she was three days old and I have been taking care of her,” she said.
“We are grateful for the assistance we are getting from the mayor.”
The mayor had lunch with the orphaned children and the elderly.