The Matabeleland South Provincial Fundraising Committee for the National Youth and Paralympic Games has been rescued from its financial doldrums after a Beitbridge company donated $10 000 for the upcoming event.

The donation was made during an Inter-District Youth Tournament held at Zvovhe Leisure Park in Beitbridge to fine tune the provincial team ahead of the crucial games scheduled for April next year in the Midlands Province.

Toppicks Investment Director, Ms Saliwe Tlou said the donation is part of their company’s corporate social responsibility programme.

“As Toppick Investment, we will continue supporting the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture in helping our youth where we will educate them through sports thereby discouraging them from negative influences like drugs,” she said.

In response, the Matabeleland South Provincial Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), Mr Lifa Mpofu thanked the company for the donation while the business community was urged to emulate Toppick Investment by supporting the growth of sport.

“We are grateful to Toppicks for rescuing us from the deep waters and since we got the money now, it is all systems go and we will do wonders at the coming games. This weekend afforded us a chance to prepare for the games and I am appealing to other districts to host similar events and identify sponsors like this to help us,” he said.

Young people on the other hand were implored to take sport seriously as it can become a source of livelihood and form of employment.

“Sport is a development tool in our communities. It promotes unity, fosters cultural diversity, tolerance, disciple, perseverance and desire to learn. The world over, it is a tool that the United Nations is using to promote sustainable development goals (SDGs),” the Minister of State for Matabeleland South Province, Cde Abednico Ncube said.

The financial boost by the company will enable the province to take an additional 100 athletes to the games.

More sports galas will be held in other districts of the province in order to raise a further $15 000 required by the SRC to improve the province’s representation in various sport codes.