On Saturday 13th February 2016 ROHR Leicester branch held a fundraising event at the Salvation Army Church Hall to raise money to help our branch and its members and to fund our future fundraising events.

Leicester members met at 9 am at the venue to start cooking and decorating the place. Unity, hard work and determination made the preparations for the event a success.

As the event was on the day before Valentine’s Day, and in appreciation of delicious Zimbabwean food, our theme was, ‘Zimbabwean food with love’. The dress code was African wear or valentine colours which many people stuch to impressively. The hall was decorated in red and white and it looked good. The event kicked off at 3pm with people socialising and connecting with those from different branches and organisations.  It was really good networking.

Dinner was served at 6 pm and everything Zimbabwean was on the buffet menu. Slow music played softly in the background as people enjoyed the delicious food prepared for them. There was more than enough for everyone.

After dinner, people danced the calories off to their favourite music and people were free to request songs to the DJ. The buffet was available all night. After some dancing we had modeling competitions for both males and females. The competition was stiff and everyone looked absolutely fabulous.

Then there was a raffle with a lucky dip draw. Some lucky people won prizes in both the modeling competition and the raffle draw.

After all the fun and laughter, the president and founder of ROHR, Mr Tapa blessed us with a very insightful speech including an account of the demonstrations that had been held that very day in Zimbabwe. This motivated us and reminded us of the big fight we still have for our cause: restoration of human rights in Zimbabwe.

A big thank you to the Leicester branch members who worked hand in hand to make this event a success: Moline Nyabonda, Enniah Dube, Yvonne Makombe, Linton Magume, Chris Kamuzonde and Tafadzwa Mushakwe. A big thank you also to Tino Mashonganyika for being a wonderful master of ceremonies, our president Mr Tapa for his support and to everyone who attended and made our event a success.

This was our first event of the year and we have learnt so much from it such as targeting the local community when selling tickets and to start selling tickets well in advance. This year Leicester will host bigger and better fundraising events.

For photos, check: https://www.flickr.com/photos/90023465@N03/albums/72157664120697219.

Moline Nyabonda
Leicester Branch Information and Publicity / Head Fundraiser