After months of preparation the Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe Birmingham branch hosted the second national fundraiser event of the year. The theme of the event was ‘’To Educate and To Empower’’. In line with this theme 75% of the proceeds will go to an educational charity that assists primary schools in Harare in purchasing stationery and tuition.

The event was opened with prayer followed by Host Chair Thandiwe Gwarumba (Birmingham Chairperson) welcoming guests and making introductions. Mercy Chapepa (Birmingham Secretary) then covered the housekeeping for the event. Thandiwe then welcomed the Master of Ceremonies (MC) for the event Mr Chamu Chisuko (Head of Organising Department).

The MC also welcomed the guests and assured them of a good afternoon’s entertainment ahead. He also apologised for the delay to the programme and explained that the lunch break would take place earlier.

During lunch, DJ Percy (Birmingham Committee member) played music. After the lunch break the MC introduced the President Mr Ephraim Tapa who spoke of the present challenges that face the people of Zimbabwe and the need to work closely with the people on the ground in Zimbabwe in order to enact the changes needed to restore human rights. The President’s ended by emphasising that today’s event was for support and fundraising.

The next activities were the children’s modelling and a dance competition. The dance floor was then opened with many joining in singing and dancing to the rhythmic music. The event then moved to the raffle draw and announcing of prizes. The last activity of the night was the much anticipated crowning of the winners of the modelling contest.

The Host Chair made her closing remarks thanking members of the Birmingham community, ROHR members from Slough, Reading, Leicester, Nottingham, Northampton and Middlesbrough branches for their support. She also thanked members of the Birmingham branch for their hard work and made special mention of the fundraising team led by Miss Xoliso Sithole for a job well done.