On Saturday, Zimbabweans joined in celebrating International Nelson Mandela Day by taking part in a fun run to raise funds to support women in agriculture.
Officials from the South African embassy in the capital Harare were joined by hundreds of people from various countries, including ordinary Zimbabweans, who all turned out in solidarity with the cause.
The fun run was one of the activities organized to mark Nelson Mandela International Day on Monday.
For some it was a time to bond and help each other, while for others it was a chance to show solidarity.
Stella Mooney who is the Kenyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe expressed that “Kenya and South Africa have a good bilateral relationship so it is up to us whenever they have activities that need to be seen that we support. For us, Nelson Mandela was a great leader.
However, this was not just fun, but also an opportunity to raise funds and support women in agriculture.
Rejoice Mabudafasi, who is South Africa’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, says: “Today we managed to raise $750. There will be other activities that we will sit down and plan. This is also a lesson for others. Those who have given up or those who think there is no hope. There is hope if you are committed. We are doing all this in memory of Mandela because we all know his story. Even if you ask the kids, they all know Mandela, but they’re not too sure. Everything he did for us, for the whole country and even for other countries, not just South Africa. So do what you can with what you have where you are.”
Proceeds from the fun run have been handed over to the beneficiaries and the South African Embassy will consider how else it can help the women farmers in Zimbabwe.
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