This national fundraiser was an effective curtain closer for what has been arguably ROHR International’s most successful year since its inception in 2007.
In an activity filled year of ground breaking international chapter launches, a parliamentary hearing and national training for office holders, the job of successfully hosting the final fundraiser of the organisation fell to ROHR Slough Branch. The branch did not disappoint in shouldering this responsibility.
The night of celebration started with prayer by the host branch publicity secretary and master of ceremonies Tichaona Mofokosho who welcomed all the guests and outlined the programme for the night. He introduced Slough branch chair and national secretary general Patricia Masamba who expressed her gratitude to the guests for coming to celebrate this event. She introduced ROHR Reading branch chair Mr Nicodimus Muganhu, who explained to the guests what ROHR stood for as a human rights advocating organisation. He expressed his disgust with the brutality taking place in Zimbabwe and urged the human rights defenders to be support the national fundraiser as all the funds raised from the evening would be used to assist the Zimbabwe structures in standing up against the abuses that were taking place.
He handed the floor back to the master of ceremonies who explained that guests were free to have their dinner at any time as there was an open buffet. He then took to the dance floor and invited the guests to join him. The remainder of the evening was punctuated by free flowing drinks, cuisine and music. The guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were disappointed when they were informed that the evening was drawing to a close. The organisers had served the best for last as Enniah Dube the national vice chairperson was invited to the stage to give the closing remarks.
She thank all the guests for their presence and reiterated that their efforts were not in vain as all proceeds would be channelled to the Zimbabwe chapter and activities that would act as the final frontier of defence for human rights in a volatile Zimbabwe. The event was closed in prayer by national co-ordinator Mr Nkosilathi Chabangu.
Tino Mashonganyika, Head of Information, Publicity & Communications, ROHR UK