Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira Jersey raffle raises $2000 for initiatives in Zimbabwe

Earlier this year Friends of Bata collaborated with Zimbabwean-born Tendai Mtawarira, a star of the South African 2019 Rugby World Cup winning team, in a raffle of one of his match jerseys to raise money for Friends of Bata Initiatives in Zimbabwe!

Tendai is originally from Harare, has had a stellar career in South Africa, starring 117 times for the South African National Team. We at Friends of Bata are very grateful that we were able to collaborate with him on helping in his homeland.

We would also like to thank everybody who has taken part in the raffle, which raised over $1000 and was matched by Friends of Bata.

Now, Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira is devoting his efforts to supporting children. He has set up his own Foundation in South Africa. The Beast Foundation aims to transform communities through sport, education and delivering effective mentorship to young people from underprivileged backgrounds, and to give young people the opportunity to succeed and to fail, generating leaders through experience. They believe young people have a leadership role, they value their role as tomorrows leaders hence strive to give them a voice and platform. Very inspiring!

The proceeds have been donated to Wellington Bakaimani and his Youth Organisation SIYA. His work also focuses on taking care of children with mental disabilities through sports and other activities. So, we believe this is a great fit in terms of values and as a previous micro-grant recipient, we know Wellington will do a great job.

The funds will firstly support continuous Covid-19 efforts. Zimbabwe seems to have been able to control the outbreak well, but the possibility of a second wave, like we are experiencing in Europe at the moment, cannot be rules out. Besides, reusable face masks, hand sanitizer, educational material on hygiene and hand washing also prevent the spread of other diseases!

Secondly, Wellington also plans to set up a social enterprise. With this money he plans to built a radio station, where people can express their musical talents. He hopes that this will generate some income for the musicians and his organisation, which would allow him to compensate the many volunteers - especially after economically depressing lock-downs, and support his community further.

Good luck to both Wellington and Tendai for achieving their goals. To find out more about their respective organisations and activities, please visit their websites and follow them on social media.

The Beast Foundation:






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