The Zimbabwe Pensioner Support Fund – Easter Trip


 

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Good morning from a lovely wet Malelane, we are extremely grateful for the past 2 days rain. Hannes has been busy with collecting some of our bulk stock purchases from Nelspruit, while I have been doing the final odds and ends making sure everything is 100% for the Accountant and our year end. In between all of this we have been busy preparing for our next trip scheduled to take place shortly at the end of March / beginning April 2018, Russel Johnson will be doing his first solo trip for the fund and we are wishing him safe travels. On this trip Hannes will also be submitting all the paperwork for our next stock uptake.

Throughout Zimbabwe the Funds trucks are well known, and they seldom get stopped but thanked for the work they are doing and waved on. However, it’s the pure gratitude of our “Golden Oldies” that makes it so worthwhile. They are so very grateful for all they receive, their average age must be around 80 and although food and other goods are readily available in prices that are beyond their means and they don’t have access to forex or cash.

We have also painfully heard how folk whom we had not known of, budget carefully for…… wait for it, two to three meals a week. A tin of sardines will be stretched to do a family of two, at least three meals each with putu, pumpkin leaves and onion. The same went for corned beef, and still they would greet you with a smile and a firm handshake, not whining about their situation but asking after your welfare. Real men and women of valor!!

 

Thank you notes received:

# Dear Donors and friends of Zimbabwe Pensioners, we really want to thank you for your wonderful generosity for sending us such a wonderful parcel of goodies. Believe it when we say that it is really appreciated and goes a long way to help us reed ourselves. Times are difficult here now as you no doubt realize so your generosity is appreciated more than you could ever think. My family and I thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. God bless you and many, many thanks. Yours sincerely.

# Dear Hannes and Donors, I want to thank you for the parcel we received from you. We have no idea who the donors are, so please thank them on our behalf, as you are no doubt aware that the situation here is one of desperation. The parcel goes beyond, it’s very welcome contents. It is a great moral booster in that in reminds us that we are not a forgotten people and serves to restore our faith in our God as well as in humankind. With our kind regards and thanks.

In Mutare an elderly lady came up to the truck and said ‘I am 80 and I know that no matter how long I still live I will never be able to thank you people enough for what you are doing for us’

WHO KNOWS by Johnny Nel of Masvingo

Who knows… that South Africa and other countries help Zimbabwe.                          

Who knows… that someone had a burden to help the old and needy                                 

Who knows… of the work that goes into packing a food box.                                             

Who knows… how hard all the staff worked.                                                                  

Who knows… or saw the trucks going to the different towns.                                   

Who knows… of all the hard work that goes into packing the big trucks.                         

Who knows… of how many hours of driving can make you so physically tired.             

Who has seen the look on someone’s face, who receives a box…                                         

Who puts his hand on the box and says “Thank you Lord”  

I just want to thank ALL of you for helping us here in Zimbabwe. Myself and another pensioner, Harry Wardley, deliver the boxes to the pensioners here in Masvingo.                                              

What a privilege to witness the smiles on faces, when they sigh.. whew.. our  box is in sight!! God also sees those smiling faces full of gratitude.                                                                           

Johnny Nel… Masvingo

The main message we receive and are asked is to pass on to all who have donated or assisted in one way or another is a Great Big Thank You, and to them, the pensioners, every time the truck arrives and they see the food parcels marked with their names on it, that they have not been forgotten and that there are still people out there who care and think about them. Just seeing their names on the boxes and knowing that someone cares, helps them to fight their daily struggle for survival with a sense of pride.

Once again, we say to you, our faithful donors, sponsors and general friends of the ZPSF, God bless you, for the way you help to keep the “spirit light” of those old folk burning as they enjoy our visits which you make possible. We are reminded of a grandfather clock, it has many intricate gears and bits, some seemingly insignificant but without which that elegant timepiece cannot keep time, year in and year out. We together are that magnificent collection of spindles, dials, gears springs and numbers which move the hands that keeps us all going and on time as it rings out the chimes of time. It touches one’s heartstrings to see the change in countenance when the goods are handed out. Thank you for your care, love and generosity. May our lord continue to rain down His Blessings on you all.

 

HOW TO MAKE A DONATION TO THE ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORT FUND:

Thank you for your Interest in wanting to adopt a Golden Oldie for Christmas this year. We have PayPal linked to our web page (www.zpsf.co.za). We also have a UK, South African Bank Account as well as a USA PayPal Account (For USA TAX REBATES).

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

SA Account

ZIMBABWE PENSIONER SUPPORTER FUND

FIRST NATIONAL BANK

MALELANE BRANCH

BRANCH CODE               270952

ACCOUNT NUMBER      62239042906

SWIFT CODE                   FIRNZAJJ

Please if you donate to this account is you can send a mail to myself linda@zpsf.co.za so that I can send you an acknowledgement of Donation.

To request additional information, or receipts,

email Alice at zpsf.usa@gmail.com.

We appreciate any and all support received as every little bit helps us to assist the people of Zimbabwe. As you are aware it is solely your donations that keep us running. We are an officially registered Non-Profit Organization and Section 21A in South Africa and are registered with SARS as a Public Benefit Organization in terms of section 18A the Income Tax Act (Which means all donations are issued with a Tax Certificate and can be claimed back).

 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE A TAX CERTIFICATE STATING ALL YOU DONATIONS. PLEASE NOTE THEY ARE ISSUED BASED ON OUR FINANCIAL PERIOD SO THE CURRENT ONES ARE FOR MARCH 2017-FEB 2018. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU REQUIRE ONE FOR THE CURRENT PERIOD. They will be issued once our Financial Year End has been processed, so from about mid-April 2018.  

Please Note for a Tax Certificate I require the following:

  1. Physical Address
  2. Contact Number
  3. If Business – Registered Name, Comp Number
  4. Private – Initials and correct Surname

Please if you have any queries do not hesitate to contact us.