Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor
On December 31, we bid fare thee well to the year 2020 in sorrow and grief.
It’s a year the majority would easily want to forget and move on.
The world was shaken to the core following the outbreak of the lethal coronavirus which claimed many and infected millions.
On home turf, we were not spared as we lost our beloved ones who could not make it into the year 2021.
With the new wave of Covid-19 infections feared, it appears the fight is not yet over.
And for the safety of everybody, there is need for people to up their game when it comes to adhering to the World Health Organisation restrictions.
However, there are individuals, corporates and church organisations which made a distinction when it comes to humanitarian work.
The aid came just in time when many were grounded as they failed to make ends meet after losing their sources of income.
Below are the corporates, individuals and associations which left a mark in the year 2020, which is now in its dying minutes:
ALFRED DONDO FOUNDATION
Love or loathe at this foundation, it made a distinction when it comes to genuinely championing charity work for the greater part of 2020.
With a traceable history in charity, the Alfred Dondo Foundation (ADF) was simply unstoppable in 2020.
Firstly, prolific rapper King 98 who partnered ADF and came to rescue of Congolese chanter Gift “Shiga-Shiga” Katulika’s rescue after publicity announced he had fallen on hard times.
Shiga was the first artiste to send SOS begging for food and King 98 heard his pleas.
Shiga and his wife Susan Katulika subsequently received cash and food hampers, thanks to King 98.
On the same day Shiga got help, fellow musicians Progress Chipfumo, ailing drummer Sam Mataure and yesteryear musician Patrick Mkwamba also received groceries and cash donations.
So dire was the trio’s predicament that King 98 had to sacrifice the budget meant for video production to save fellow musicians.
After that gesture, King 98 in partnership with ADF, went on to hand more donations to the elderly, orphans and vulnerable in Chikomba.
Being his home area, King 98 led by example and showed love to his kith and keen.
Determined to change people’s lives, ADF came to the rescue of a Mwurwi twin sister Sharon Chirata who was severely burnt and left for dead by her bingeing mother.
ADF facilitated her surgery and she no longer has difficulties in turning her neck.
Sharon is set to resume school once new dates of the opening of the 2021 first term are announced, thanks to ADF.
The foundation’s top brass also showed their love to people with disability after handing over groceries, cash and wheel-chair to Chitungwiza bred chanter and basketball player Mike Saujeni.
The 20-year-old chanter got as lifeline to jumpstart his career which was stalled by lack of sponsorship.
As the foundation’s charity work continued to burn a trail of success, the next stopover at Melfort Old People’s Home where they donated groceries to the elderly.
The elderly could not hide their elation after being given groceries to boost their diet.
Afterwards, ADF representative drove all the way to Nyanga in the Fombe area where they donated groceries to the family which has been developing some mysterious deformations on the feet and hands.
In early November, the same foundation came to the rescue of the 28-year-old Gloria Dzorwa who was dumped by her parents who fled to Mozambique.
She was reportedly dumped because she was disabled and could not walk, according to relatives.
During the same period, ADF donated to the childless granny whose leg was swollen after an accident which occurred two decades ago.
Gogo MuZambia’s condition came to light after Mwana Chipo Trust Africa Trust founder Heaven Munyuki approached ADF to assist the need.
Prior to this donation, ADF honoured retirees at Sally Mugabe General Hospital with hampers in memory of the foundation’s patron Thompson Dondo who also trained as a nurse at the same institution.
Early this month, ADF representative visited the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe run Mathew Rusike orphanage where they assessed the situation.
After the assessment, they donated some groceries which are set to go a long way in assisting the need.
And a fortnight ago, King 98 who is also an influential partner in ADF, donated groceries and cash to yet another disabled Warren Park boy Raymond Nyarufero.
He visited the boy along with his visiting Tanzanian friend and RnB sensation Jux and brought smiles to the 18-year-old boy.
ADF patron showed it is done that when he drove to Budiriro where he met one of the victims of illegal structures demolitions and gave him ZW$500K.
The money was meant to cushion the disabled victim who was left homeless as a result of the demolitions.
Influencer and firebrand music promoter Wanisayi “Mahwindo” Mutandwa will best be remembered for her philanthropic work.
Mahwindo, through her association Mahwindo Foundation under the aegis of her daughter Makanaka, proved many wrong that charity runs in her DNA.
She used her influence to source for donation from her well-to-do inner circle and purchased food hampers that were donated to the elderly women in Seke.
Mahwindo has been constantly visiting the area to hand over groceries to the elderly and vulnerable.
In June, she also drove to Caledonia Farm where she handed over groceries, clothes and blankets to the mother of triplets who were abandoned by their father shortly after birth.
She did the same gesture to the other set of triplets born in Kuwadzana, winning hearts of many.
With many people noticing her good work, they also approached her to assist Norton orphans who were struggling to bring food on the table with groceries, stove and cash.
She also stretched her giving hand to the vulnerable in Mbare, Banket and Seke.
Prior to that, she also gave food hampers to musicians at a local radio station.
Mahwindo also donated to orphans housed at a dilapidated home in Mt Hampden.
Christ Embassy Zimbabwe Church is one of the organisation which believes in charity.
The association partnered the new formed Association of Music Promoters (AMPZ) and donated food hampers to a number of artistes at their Belvedere branch.
In total, the association sourced donations for 20 main artistes and its band members totalling about 250 in Harare and Bualwayo with the assistance of Christ Embassy through Pastor Ruth Musarurwa.
Partson Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions along with other top promoters graced the event.
In his own capacity as the Chipaz Promotions boss, he assisted a Zim Musicians Soccer team with food hampers.
The football side has been been part and parcel of Chipaz Bhora.
He has also assisted individuals like Soul Jah love and Gonyora, the blind sungura artists on several occasions.
There are however other organisations that have been doing a lot of charity work even though they dot prefer their works to be publicised.
These comprise business executives, individuals and a few dealers.