The MAZ Charity Foundation, an arm of the Marketers Association of Zimbabwe in January handed over food and other basic commodities to the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) in Chinhoyi.

The donation is part of the Association’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

The toiletries were sourced and donated through MAZ’s Charity Golf Day where MAZ corporate and individual members participated in the annual tournament while the basic commodities included mealie meal and flour were donated by National Foods.

The MAZ Charity Foundation and MAZ staff travelled to the ZPCS, Chinhoyi Depot on January 28 to handover the donations to inmates.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Chinhoyi, Mr Samuel Matema a committee member of the MAZ Charity Foundation said it was such a great honour to be part of such an event which uplifts other people’s lives.

“As MAZ we don’t give out of abundance but out of sacrifice, and we believe in rebirth and resurrection thus we give sacrificially” he said

Speaking at the same ceremony, MAZ Executive Secretary Mr Gillian Rusike said they were driven to donate to ZPCS after learning of some of their challenges in the media.

“Early last year we saw in the newspapers that those in the correctional services were having a difficulties accessing basic commodities and we give thanks to the ZPCS officials for giving us such a prestigious opportunity to help out.”

“We decided to buy buckets, soap and other basic commodities in partnership with National Foods. We believe that in these times of the Covid 19 pandemic hygiene is of paramount importance and also the need for basic food stuffs,” he said

He encouraged all inmates to utilize opportunities availed during their time in prison to do what they desire most.

“I would want one day to see one of you in my office saying that I got a degree in marketing during my time in prison and I’m looking for a job or just saying that I motivated you to study while you serve your time in here, I would be happy,” he added.

The Provincial Public Relations Officer Mr Emmanuel Kondowe who happens to be appreciated MAZ for the donations and opportunity availed to the prisoners.

“I want to thank MAZ for this opportunity they have put in front of us, for this is a first time when our inmates are offered a chance to start afresh when they leave this place, therefore I urge each and every one of you to study and graduate one day you shall be free and will visit us just like these humble ladies and gentleman,” he said.

One of the female inmate gave thanks to MAZ Charity for the gifts they had been given.

“On behalf of my fellow inmates ,I’m really grateful for these donations that you have given to us , love is very  important and this is  great love that you have shown to us as prisoners, we are really grateful for your love”

She went on to thank MAZ Charity Foundation in partnership with National Foods on this initiative they are partaking in as an Association and said such opportunities should be extended to others as well.

Other MAZ Charity Foundation members who were part of the ceremony include, Mrs Enia Zimunya, Monica Nyawera, Tawanda Rusike and Tanaka Tapasowa also helped with the handover.

MAZ has been involved in different corporate social responsibility initiatives through the MAZ Charity Golf Tournament that include the donate  a shoe campaign which saw the Association handing over school shoes to Chokera Primary School in Masvingo and to Mathew Rusike in Epworth.

In 2020, proceeds from then Charity Golf Tournament were used to buy sunscreen lotions which was donated to the Zimbabwe Albino Association. In the same year, the MAZ Charity Foundation responded to the Covid 19 pandemic by donating food baskets and other basic commodities at the Methodist church in Epworth.   

The Charity Foundation also donated stationery to Dambudzo Primary School in the Midlands province. The school had its roof blown away by heavy rains and a lot of infrastructure and learning material was destroyed.