When Legendary South African Artist Lucky Dube sang the “Think about the children” song he could have had childhood cancer survivors in mind. And following this notion the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) has indeed thought and donated 26 food hampers, usd$500, and toys for children in A4 special ward for cancer at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare.
The food hampers which came shortly after the first One Day International match which Zimbabwe lost to India go a long way in proving that not winning on the field of play does not, in any means mean that you are not a winner.
In fact, scoring against childhood cancer rise is a global score.
Presenting the hampers Zimbabwe Cricket Union was represented by captain Regis Chakabva, all-rounder Skander Raza, Brad Evans and marketing manager Tinotenda Mawoyo.
KidzCan Executive Director Daniel Mckenzie was full of praise of the ZCU and players who took time off their tight schedule, being a training day, to come down to the hospital and partake in charity work.
“We have partnered with the Zimbabwe Cricket team, the Chevrons, and we are glad that the team has dedicated the second ODI against India to raising awareness about childhood cancer through KidzCan Zimbabwe. We are asking that spectators come dressed in orange, as a measure of raising awareness. To us this is a great opportunity both locally and globally as the match will be screened live across many international channels and ZBC tv,” said Mckenzie.
Mckenzie was appreciative of the kind gesture by the ZCU in promoting awareness of childhood cancer. “We are saying that our children matter, they deserve a right to fight cancer and as part of human rights no child should be left behind. We want to call upon everyone to join hands in fighting and spreading childhood cancer awareness. To everyone coming to the second ODI, let us all dress in orange and help save lives, lets speak in one
voice,” said Mckenzie.
The mother who received the goods on behalf of the children said the donation is a blessing that helps in cushioning caregivers and mothers against the hardships they face every day with children in hospital. “Thank you for helping us in such a practical way and this really helps lessen the burden. Imagine caring for a sick son on an empty stomach”
Skander Raza further promised to renovate the kitchen in the A4 Special unit once authority is granted.