Sikhumbuzo Moyo, Senior Sports Reporter
FIRST Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa will be the guest of honour at the Zimbabwe National Youth and Paralympic Games fundraising dinner dance at Rainbow Towers in Harare tomorrow.
Organisers are looking to raise about $50 000 from the event.
The games start in the Midlands next week and Sports and Recreation Commission business development and marketing director Daniel Kuwengwa said they had so far secured 17 tonnes of mealie-meal, two tonnes of rice as well as 120 litres of cooking oil for use by the 7 500 athletes and officials expected to converge for the annual tournament.
“All is set for the fundraising dinner that will be graced by the First Lady Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa. We have invited various dignitaries that include captains of industry, mining companies, parastatals, government departments as well as influential individuals. We hope to raise between $40 000 and $50 000,” said Kuwengwa.
He said the fundraising dinner will have four table categories with 10 each.
“Our platinum table will cost $5 000, gold ($2 000), silver ($1 000) and bronze ($500). Those that will occupy the platinum table will be given an opportunity to market their products to the dinner audience. I must also state that the Ministry of Environment, Water and Climate has pledged a substantial amount of game meat for the games, while national airline Air Zimbabwe has offered us two return tickets to the majestic Victoria Falls that will be auctioned at the dinner dance,” said Kuwengwa.
The local organising committee has set a budget of $1.1 million for hosting the games. Besides various fundraising initiatives, some of the funds will come from participating provinces’ affiliation fees that are pegged at $70 per person.
If all the provinces pay their affiliation fees, about $525 000 would be realised.