Old Mutual’s sponsorship of Tag Rugby Trust building the future of sports


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As a responsible business committed to driving positive change, Old Mutual Zimbabwe has been a proud sponsor of Tag Rugby Trust since 2011, supporting the organization’s mission to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young people across the country. Through their ongoing commitment and generous donations, Old Mutual has played a significant role in empowering children and promoting positive development through the power of rugby.

Tag Rugby Trust is a charitable organization dedicated to building futures through rugby and utilizes the transformative potential of the sport to engage and educate children. With Old Mutual’s support, the trust has reached thousands of young individuals, imparted valuable life lessons and helped them become better individuals.

The impact of Tag Rugby Trust’s work has been remarkable, positively affecting the lives of over 10,000 children to date. By utilizing rugby as a vehicle for personal growth and community development, the trust has created opportunities for young athletes to thrive and succeed.

Lillian Mbayiwa, Old Mutual Zimbabwe’s Group Marketing, Public Affairs& Sustainability Executive, expressed their ongoing commitment to supporting Tag Rugby Trust, shedding light on the reason behind Old Mutual’s generous donations.

“Old Mutual has been a proud sponsor of Tag Rugby Trust since 2011. Through our yearly grants, we contribute to running leagues throughout the year, nurturing the development of young athletes,” she said.

Over the years, Tag Rugby Trust has focused on inclusivity and expanding its impact. In 2016 and 2017, the organization made efforts to include children and volunteers from outside the main high-density areas. In 2018, they extended their reach to children with learning difficulties through the I Am Able Through Rugby program and vulnerable girls aged 12 to 18 through the Female Inspiration Through Rugby program.

Mbayiwa emphasized that Old Mutual’s support aligns with its overarching mission of doing great things every day.

“As a company deeply rooted in the community, we recognize the significance of empowering young individuals and fostering their holistic growth,” he added.

By sponsoring Tag Rugby Trust and investing in the development of young athletes, Old Mutual Zimbabwe exemplifies its dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of the youth and promoting a brighter future for all.

Old Mutual’s sponsorship extends beyond supporting the leagues. They also play a crucial role in funding Tag Rugby’s food production project. This initiative brings children from diverse backgrounds together to participate in projects such as broiler rearing and rabbit farming. The profits generated from these projects benefit the community, while the organization diligently monitors the utilization of funds, ensuring their effective and impactful allocation.

The mission and vision of Tag Rugby Trust align seamlessly with Old Mutual’s responsible business pillars. Both organizations are committed to empowering young individuals, fostering their holistic growth, and strengthening social networks and community identity. The partnership between Old Mutual Zimbabwe and Tag Rugby Trust exemplifies the shared values and dedication to making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of the youth.

Taddy Whata, Tag Rugby Trust’s Young Leaders Manager, expressed heartfelt gratitude to Old Mutual for their ongoing support. He acknowledged the profound impact made possible through their unwavering commitment, stating,

“We thank Old Mutual. Their support has enabled us to create a meaningful impact on the lives of young individuals.”

The calendar of events for this year’s Old Mutual Zimbabwe and Tag Rugby Trust collaboration is packed with exciting activities and opportunities for community engagement. It kicks off on May 3rd with the Young Leader Training at the TRT Hub, followed by a Press Conference on May 10th at the same venue.

The action then moves to various locations across Zimbabwe, including Mutare, Harare, Chinhoyi, and Gweru, where tournaments will take place, promoting the spirit of sportsmanship and community unity. In addition to the tournaments, career guidance sessions will be held in Harare, Mutare, Chinhoyi, and Bindura, providing invaluable support and mentorship to young individuals. The calendar also features events such as the Marondera Senior Tag, Plumtree Tournament, Masvingo Tournament, and a tournament in Bulawayo.

Through the calendar of events, Old Mutual Zimbabwe and Tag Rugby Trust will continue their collaborative efforts to empower communities, drive positive change, and create a better future for all.