Vixens-Foxes, a basketball club in Zimbabwe, has donated various items, including food, to Gogo Onai Nhiwatiwa’s orphanage in Mt Hampden, which houses more than 75 children, to cushion the hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Development Diaries understands that Vixens play in the Women’s basketball league while Foxes are in the Men’s A league.
The Vixens-Foxes manager, Nontobeko Makhafula, hailed her players who responded swiftly to the call for help.
She said that Vixen-Foxes were deeply rooted in having a brother and sister’s back and they believe that what affects one, on and off the court, affects the rest.
‘In this regard, the world over is in great turmoil due to this Covid-19 pandemic and we saw it necessary to lessen the burden on Gogo’s shoulders by helping in taking care of these children with the little we have’, she said.
‘I would like to salute our players, and management, for being responsive on short notice. Seeing those children jovial, because they have clothes on their backs and food on the table, is great for us, as Vixen-Foxes basketball family’.
The Foxes captain, Arthur Nhamburo, said, ‘Gogo’s (Nhiwatiwa) story is so touching. She is a rare breed, honestly. She deserves all the support and, as the Foxes captain, I am saying let us love one another.
‘The difficulties brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic have affected everyone and, for those underprivileged members of our society, the burden is multi-folded. This is the little we can do as a club’.
The Harare basketball league is still on hold after it was suspended three months ago due to the pandemic. Harare City Hornets’ men top the standings while their female equivalents lead the women’s log.
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