PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday held a luncheon at State House where he handed over $250,000 as well as cellphones and blankets to six charities.
The money and goods were sourced from proceeds of the Republican Cup, a premier horse racing event in Zimbabwe for which he is a patron.
Each to four charities namely Jairos Jiri Mukuwapasi Children Centre, Kukura Neshungu Institute, Bongani Orphan Care Programme and Rural Unity Development Organisation received $50 000, nine cellphones and 37 blankets.
A further two charities, namely Rekayi Tangwena Children’s Home and AFM Manhinga Trust, each received $25 000, 20 blankets and four cellphones.
The President thanked the corporates, individuals and other organizations that donated to the event.
“I express my gratitude to all those who have donated various amounts and items to make this event possible. I am happy that for the past 33 years that the Republican Cup Trust has been operating, I have been a trustee.
“Our former President Cde Robert Mugabe was a patron for the 31 years since the Trust was formed. We have seen the amounts donated by the Republican Cup Trust grow over these years,” he said.
Speaking at the same luncheon event, the chairman of the Republican Trust, Mr Kamal Khalfan, thanked the donors who gave away their cash and goods towards charity.
“I want to thank the various donors for their support, without which we would not have been here. I also want to thank President Emmerson Mnangagwa for his big heart and love for the people.
“Let us not be under any illusions, the President loves his people and continues to show that by acts of kindness such as these. He always puts the interests of the people first,” Khalfan said.
The directors of the charities thanked the President, the Republican Cup leaders as well as the nation for remembering to take care of the welfare of those in need.
Yesterday’s luncheon was attended by top politicians who included Vice President Kembo Mohadi. Also in attendance were other trustees of the Republican Cup Trust who include Defence and Home Affairs Minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Sydney Sekeramayi and Simon Khaya-Moyo.