Our Winter / June trip is just around the corner once again. With winter coming up with a vengeance and this being a very cold and miserable time for our elderly pensioners we are trying to raise funds to increase the amount of Soup and Beans etc. that we can put in their individual boxes. We are also trying to increase amount of basic Flu meds and boosters we can take up. The paperwork was a dash of an issue as the office issuing the final License To Import Goods had no books to issue the permits. So we have had an almost 2 week delay on that front. However, the paperwork was received yesterday and has been couriered to our Clearing Agent.
This is the raw truth of the situation facing most in Zimbabwe.
No Power, No Fuel (Another Price increase), No Water and No Cash, therefore basic food supplies and Medicines are currently a luxury most can’t afford. Currently there is 10 hour water & load shedding although its normally a lot longer, sometimes days without water. Things just keep going from bad to worse with prices escalating at a rapid pace and stocks beginning to disappear from the shelves once again. We are busy going into winter and the weather is rapidly cooling down, we are hoping to be able to give our "Golden Oldies” a super full box packed with nourishing food supplies to help them survive and keep warm. The value of the local currency is changing / decreasing by the minute, the rate of inflation was measured at over 70% in April 2019. They are literally sitting and once again watching their money devalue into nothing, a repeat of 2009 but only worse and faster this time. Plus all our Golden Oldies are 10 years older and a lot less resilient.
Due to the current power situation I am also wanting to once again purchase solar lamps like we did 3 years ago for our Golden Oldies. It is a safe and reliable option. In order to supply each recipient / couple / family who receive a box I need to purchase at least 700 lamps. Now I know this is not food and it is not a Christmas present, but this is a safety and comfort issue. The below link will allow you to donate $20.00 and thus you can sponsor a lamp.
Sponsor a lamp for a Golden Oldies - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=XRV7T22RE3N8W&source=url
SOME WORDS FROM HANNES BOTHA @ THE ZPSF
In the 17 years I have been taking up these food parcels I can honestly say this is the first time that there has been a look of sheer helplessness in people’s eyes and a cloud of despondency hangs heavy over this once magic country. It is truly a heartbreaking situation that has once again come into effect.
In the last 4 months everyone who does not have access to forex (This being the majority of the population) has seen their living costs go up by at least double. If you have forex it’s not a problem. Of course, no one has seen their income go up by that. So, they are getting the same amount of money however their buying power is way less than what it used to be. Basic goods are now beyond most peoples means.
This whole situation is having a severe on many of our Golden Oldies, some of whom we have been supporting since we started. Getting basic meds is almost impossible, one can physically the strain and pain on so many of their faces, the weight loss and air of frailty that is hanging around these proud people.
It is truly heartbreaking that a generation that worked hard their whole lives, made adequate provision for their old days should have to go through something like this not once but twice.
Adopt A Golden Oldie $60 via PayPal - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6SPFLV4L39PKU
To donate your own amount via PayPal - https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2HXXZLWCERNK6
On behalf of the Zimbabwe Pensioner Supporter Fund and our 1350 pensioners we are currently supporting I would like to thank you all once again for your wonderful support. A big thank you to our monthly donors, it is a relief to know that we can count on you. To our once-off and anonymous donors thank you, your open hearts continue to amaze us! The ZPSF would never be able to sustain our regular supply of relief parcels if it were not for donations and support such as yours.
Every 6 - 8 weeks more than 12 tons of food is transported in the truck and distributed to 28 homes / organizations. Wheelchairs, walking aids and basic medicine is also supplied to the pensioners. The supply trip lasts 8 – 10 days and a distance of 4000 kilometres will be travelled by the truck. The value of the food and the cost of delivering it to the pensioners in Zimbabwe is currently exceeding R350000 per trip.
Please Note for a Tax Certificate I require the following:
HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORT FUND:
Thank you for your Interest in wanting to support us. We have PayPal linked to our web page (www.zpsf.co.za). We also have a UK & South African Bank Accounts, an account in Australia via Rhodesian Association of Western Australia as well as an USA PayPal Account.
ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORTER FUND
FIRST NATIONAL BANK
BRANCH CODE 270952
ACCOUNT NUMBER 62239042906
SWIFT CODE FIRNZAJJ
ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORT FUND
HSBC BANK PLC
A/C No 71282786
SORT CODE No 40-41-01
ZIMBABWE PENSIONERS SUPPORT FUND - USA
A Registered 501(c)3 organization. TAX-deductible receipts available for USA donors.
Donations via Paypal, use the following link:
USA address to post cheques
3901 Hillwood Way
Bedford TX 76021
To request additional information, or receipts,
Australia Account - Rhodesian Association of Western Australia
Rhodesian Association of WA
P & N Bank
BSB 806 015
Account No. 0181 1882
A huge THANK YOU to all our supporters out there who continue to enable us to keep doing what we are doing, you are all truly amazing. THANK YOU and God Bless.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The 3 most important pillars of our cause:
UNIQUENESS - being one of a kind and knowing that the ZPSF is driven by good will and very passionate members.
TRANSPARENCY - enforcing the rule that all members must be fully informed before taking part in this noble venture.
ACCOUNTABILITY - Having a traceable paper trail for every cent handled, and regular revues conducted.
"In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich." Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Director - Fund Raising & Awareness for the Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund
(C) 079 6082676 (T) 013 7900934
Fax to Email - 086 267 8499
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Alone we can do so little, together we can achieve much more!!!!
Director: Hannes Botha
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