HOCKEY Association of Zimbabwe president Humphrey Chigwedere will this year take part in the Victoria Falls Marathon, which will be held in the resort town on July 3, in an effort to raise $120 000 for the under-21 team’s junior World Cup in Chile. BY THANDIWE MOYO – NEWSDAY
The Junior World Cup will be held in Santiago from November 24 to December 4 this year.
“The team requires $120 000 to cover preparations, travel costs as well as participation at the tournament,” Chigwedere said.
He said the association needed to buy kit, fund flights, accommodation and insurance, as well as pay allowances for the players and technical team.
Chigwedere said the association had set up a fundraising committee to alleviate the burden of raising funds for the trip from parents, team management and players.
“My personal contribution as the president of the association is to run the 2016 Econet Wireless Victoria Falls Marathon. I will take this as a sponsored marathon, with proceeds going towards hockey,” he said.
“Fifty percent of the funds raised from the marathon will go towards the Chile trip, while the other half will go towards the proposed artificial hockey turf in Banket, which is set to be built in the next five years to help aid development.”
He called on the corporate world to support the initiative.
“Sponsors can sponsor me per each kilometre completed in the marathon. This is my first full marathon attempt and I am training hard to successfully complete this challenge in less than five hours.”