The Society of St Vincent de Paul Zimbabwe, a social welfare organisation of the Harare District Council, Archdiocese of Harare of the Catholic Church this weekend held a sponsored walk from Greencroft to the cathedral in town to raise at least US$20 000 to assist over 11 747 needy families in the Archdiocese of Harare.

The society is also planning a fundraising golf tournament on the 24th of June at the Warren Hills Golf Club for the same cause.

Chairman of the Society of St Vincent de Paul Fundraising Committee, Peter Kuzovamunhu said assistance to the needy included food, shelter, school fees, medical bills, clothing, repatriation and funeral expenses.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul activities are funded solely by donations obtained from the public and private appeals and activities.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic fraternal organisation of the lay Catholics who seek, in the spirit of justice and charity and by person involvement, to help those in need.

The society seeks to bear witness to the love of Jesus Christ through developing  relationships with those in need.

The society was started in Paris, France in May 1833 by a 20-year-old Blessed Antoine-Frederick Ozanam and his friends who were fellow students at a local university.

In zimbabwe, the society was established in 1993 at Gokomere Mission in Masvingo, with the first conference of the Harare District Council being set up in 1958 at Mabelreign Parish.

The society has since grown to 64 conferences in the Archdiocese of Harare, with a total membership of 1202 volunteers.

The society is concerned relieving suffering and promote human dignity, regardless of race, creed or colour and origin.