By Sports Reporter
ZIMBABWEAN football giants Highlanders have become the first local club or sporting institution to embark on a fundraising campaign in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic after launching a bid to raise funds to equip Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo.
Ekusileni Medical Centre is one of the health facilities in Bulawayo recently earmarked as one of the Covid-19 isolation centres in the country’s second biggest city.
Bosso officially confirmed the launch of the philanthropic initiative on their social media accounts on Monday before calling on members of the public to donate to the noble cause via the OneMoney merchant code 40533 or ecocash biller code 70662.
“We hereby officially launch our Covid-19 crowd funding campaign to galvanise support for Ekusileni Hospital that will cater for citizens infected by the pandemic. Your health is our concern. A healthy society, a healthy Highlanders.Let us all donate towards this cause,” Highlanders said in a statement on their official Twitter account.
Highlanders Football Club’s media and communications officer Ronald Moyo said the club has been actively involved in awareness campaigns on the Covid-19 but decided to take an active role in mobilising resources against the pandemic.
“We are devastated by this novel virus, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) has since declared as a pandemic. The club has been involved in Covid-19 awareness campaign but we have decided to scale up our efforts in the fight against the pandemic by taking this direction,” said the club’s media and communications officer Ronald Moyo.
The launch of the fundraising initiative sees Bosso join top European clubs, who have been engaging in various campaigns to assist in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
English Premier League clubs have gone an extra mile donating towards the well-being of staff in the National Health Service.
They have also gone into engaging with their fans in times of distress over the virus which has killed over a million people globally.
Liverpool is engaging in phone calls with their isolated fans with Manchester City doing the same with vulnerable groups over the age of 65 and also doing phone mentorship for the vulnerable youngsters.
Clubs all over the world have frozen football activities with Fifa uncertain when games will resume due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
By Monday afternoon Zimbabwe had recorded three deaths from the coronavirus with 17 confirmed and over 600 tests made.