Catholics take Lent donations to Beitbridge Prison

Ellen Mlambo

Two Nations Editor

BEITBRIDGE – Women from St Annes Guild of the Roman Catholic Church in Beitbridge have donated goods worth R3 000 to the local Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS).

This is part of their Lent donations in line with Christian time of fasting and giving to the needy.

The women who are from St Joseph Parish donated 8 (50 litre) bins, over 2 000 tissue paper rolls, 150 plastic plates and some cups. The donation was handed over to beneficiaries at the cells on Thursday last week.

The event was also graced by the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Officer in Charge for Beitbridge Superintendent Betinah Nonhlanhla Ndlovu and the Beitbridge Chief Correctional Officer Zimondi.

It was all joy as prisoners felt remembered by the good Samaritans who addressed their dire needs.

The handover event was set alight by the prisoners’ choir which left everyone on the edge. 

The women’s spokesperson Sekai Patricia Chikova applauded St Annes’ Guild for the generosity.

“We will be donating and giving offerings to the needy during this period of Lent. We will be focusing more intently on donating goods to the needy and performing other acts of charity,” said Chikova.

She added that since there are water challenges in Beitbridge, the containers will assist prisoners in stocking water. 

One of the prisoners Knowledge Shumba expressed his excitement to the donation. 

“We are very grateful for the donations that have been made by the St Annes Catholic Women. May the Lord richly bless them,” said Shumba.

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