NetOne holds Fundraising Dinner for Albinism Network Zimbabwe


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Mobile telephony giant, NetOne, demonstrated its commitment to ameliorating challenges faced by people with albinism by holding a Fundraising Dinner for The Albinism Network Zimbabwe yesterday at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Harare.

Mr. Blessing Chikuhwa,  the Chairman of Albinism Network Zimbabwe said his organisation is a charitable organization whose sole mission is to improve the livelihoods of people with albinism in Zimbabwe.

“We envision a world where people with albinism are empowered to be fully functioning members of society, where barriers and the stigma of difference no longer exists, and where people with albinism have a quality of life that is rewarding, dignified, and fulfilling.

“We appreciate the work done by NetOne and other partners in raising awareness of the fact that albinism is an inherited condition that leads to someone having very light skin, hair, and eyes. It happens because they have less melanin than usual in their body. Melanin gives skin, hair, and eyes their color. Except for vision problems, most people with albinism are just as healthy as anyone else,” Mr. Chikuhwa said.

The word albino comes from the Latin word “albus,” which means white. People with albinism are sometimes called albinos. “A person with albinism” is the preferred term.

The foundation works to promote the access of people with albinism, especially children, to quality and inclusive education. The Foundation also promotes learning through scholarship programmes.

“The foundation seeks to create social awareness to orientate Zimbabweans and the world about disabilities, particularly about people with albinism. This is to promote understanding, acceptance, and socio-economic inclusion of albinism into mainstream society.

“The aim of the project is to enhance the operational capability of the Foundation and ensure that people with albinism live independent lives, this includes access to different funding,” Mr. Chikuhwa added.

NetOne, as the main sponsor of the fundraising event, expressed its unwavering support and dedication to standing with people with albinism in both challenging and prosperous times.

In a speech delivered on behalf of NetOne Group Chief Executive Officer, Eng R. Mushanawani, by Acting Head of Retail and Sales, Mr K.Potsekayi, NetOne reaffirmed its dedication to corporate social responsibility.

“NetOne’s focus remains on uplifting previously marginalized communities, including the Albinism community, through various initiatives. We are honoured to be part of this meaningful cause and will continue our efforts to create a more inclusive society. Together, let’s make a positive impact and support those in need,” Eng Mushanawani said.