THE Zimbabwe Human Rights Association (ZimRights) in partnership with Batanai HIV and Aids Service Organisation (Bhaso) and The Women’s Trust (TWT) will on Saturday host the inaugural Soap and Shirt Donation Winter Festival (SSDWF) to benefit flood victims in Masvingo, Matabeleland North and Mashonaland Central.
SSDWF is an initiative by ZimRights and its partners to promote socioeconomic rights and bridge the poverty gap created by some natural disasters that come in the form of drought, floods, diseases outbreak and extreme temperatures.
The targeted provinces were heavily struck by merciless floods.
The floods left over tens of thousands of people homeless, hungry and destitute after losing their lifetime investments. This left them extremely vulnerable and hopeless.
“We believe the SSDWF will allow every Zimbabwean from all walks of life to take responsibility and make a positive difference by emptying their wardrobes for the needy,” ZimRights national director Okay Machisa said.
The festival would be held at Belgravia Sports Club on Saturday starting from 10am to 9pm as a family day.
Entrance to the event would require the public to bring used or new soap and new or used clothes.
Men who bring sanitary pads will get free drinks in the venue, according to organisers.
Popular musicians such as Baba naAmai Charamba, Jah Prayzah, Fungisai Mashavave, Sulumani Chimbetu, Pastor G, Snipper, Dadza D among other artistes have agreed to support the event donating their performances on the day.
Machisa added: “The SSDWF is a platform created to mobilise the general populace to be a hope to the hopeless, to clothe the naked and to feed the hungry. Proceeds realised from this festival will be channelled towards flood victims. In this regard, we would like to invite everyone in and outside Harare to come with soap, clothes, blankets and pads which will go a long way in assisting the survivors of the floods.”