WARRIORS and Orlando Pirates nimble-footed midfielder Kudakwashe “Nkembe” Mahachi is in the process of coming up with a team of people that will help him set up a foundation meant to help needy senior citizens in Bulawayo’s high density suburbs of Mzilikazi and Makokoba.
In a telephone interview from his base in Johannesburg, South Africa, he said the initiative will be officially launched in Bulawayo on 20 May with a donation of foodstuff and other basic commodities worth R20 000 to Ekuphumuleni Geriatric Nursing Home in Mzilikazi suburb.
“I have been through a lot in life and I must say my experiences both bad and good have taught me a lot about life. I’m a football player who has been fortunate enough to get a well paying club.
“As such, I have decided to give back to the communities that I grew up in, which is Bulawayo through The Mahachi Foundation. This is an initiative I think will greatly benefit needy elderly people in Mzilikazi and Makokoba,” said Mahachi, a former Mzilikazi High School pupil.
“The launch function of the initiative will be done on 20 May at Ekuphumuleni Geriatric Nursing Home where we are going to donate basic goods worth R20 000. It has always pained me to see senior citizens struggle in life while we footballers spend a lot of money on silly things.
“As such, I will need great assistance to realise my dream. We are also setting up a team that will do the ground work for me when I will be at work here in South Africa,” he said.
Mahachi is not the only Zimbabwean sportsperson who seems to have a big heart.
Springboks rugby legend, Tendai Mtawarira, nicknamed “The Beast”, last year launched a foundation aimed at introducing the game to rural areas in Zimbabwe, his home country.
The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa.
Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira said he represents the whole continent, and wants to inspire all youths in Africa.
Mtawarira plays for Durban-based side, The Sharks, and the national team. He said he wanted to use his foundation, launched in London, to give African children a better chance in life through sport.
Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game.