General thanks industry, football teams
12 February 2018
THE Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Philip Valerio Sibanda has hailed captains of industry and football teams’ management for supporting army charities.
General Sibanda said this at the Thanks Giving Cocktail at Josiah Magama Tongogara Barracks attended by chief executive officers of various companies last Friday.
“My tenure as patron of army charities ran from 2004 to 2017 and during this period the army charities grew in both stature and popularity; thanks to your support,” said General Sibanda.
“During this period, the proceeds from the army charities have reached a wider clientele which includes members of the army, widows, and orphans and dependents of the army members.
“Most of the funds raised for the army charities have been directed towards the construction of new classroom blocks, renovation of old ones, construction and equipping of new science laboratories, renovation of medical facilities, procurement of new equipment and payment of school fees.
“A detailed breakdown report on the use of these proceeds will be uploaded on to our website as soon as the auditors are through with their processes.
“Allow me to advise that the state of the art science laboratory that has been under construction at Induna High School in Bulawayo was commissioned on the 28th of December 2017.
“The laboratory which cost US$375 000 was named after the late Dr Sikanyiso Duke Dhlovu who was the chairman of the army schools welfare trust from 2004 to the time he passed on in 2015,” said General Sibanda.
He said this year fundraising will kick off with the ZNA Charities soccer shield semifinals which would be played between Dynamos and CAPS United at Rufaro Stadium whilst Highlanders will play Chicken Inn at Babourfields on the 18th of February 2018.
“I express my gratitude to the teams’ management for accepting our invitation to participate in this year’s fund raising activities in support of a good cause,” said General Sibanda.
“In the same vein, I also want to thank those companies that have indicated their intention to sponsor this charities soccer tournament with either prize money, uniforms or other necessities.
“The soccer tournament will be followed by the army charities ball which will be held on the 6th of April,” said General Sibanda.
Crocodile band provided entertainment.