Face of Zimbabwe Miss February winner Gamuchirai Maziva will on Saturday kick off her charity calendar by hosting a fashion show dubbed “We Are One — Touching Lives Through Fashion” in Harare.
The show is aimed at fundraising for drugs and basic needs for Mutemwa Leprosy Centre and Mother of Peace Orphanage, both in Mutoko.
“As the theme of the event suggests, I am urging people from all walks of life to join me in this initiative to change the lives of those living at the two centres,” said Maziva.
She said designers who would feature at the show include Intisaar Mukadam of Intisaar M Designs and Joanne Burger of JB Couture Designs.
Mukadam recently showcased designs at the London Graduate Fashion Week and Africa Fashion Week in South Africa. Burger, an Australia-trained fashion designer, recently returned to Zimbabwe and currently specialises in bridal, formal and swimwear.
Maziva said it was an honour to showcase designs from Burger who has also been tasked with designing a swimsuit for the upcoming Miss Zimbabwe for the Miss World competition.
“Amongst other up and coming designers, Susan Tafeni of Chenai Chic will also take part. She has participated in various fashion shows, including a fashion show held in Leicester, United Kingdom,” she said.
Tafeni has previously dressed contestants of the Miss Zimbabwe Diamond and Miss Zimbabwe UK pageants.
Maziva said the guests would be entertained by J Cole Dance Studio, which works with the Spanish Embassy through running dance workshops for street kids. The studio also works with the Deaf Association of Zimbabwe.
“They have shared the stage with Brick and Lace and Joe Thomas and they have also provided great choreography for local artistes such as Innocent Utsiwegota, Sabastian Magacha and Mafriq’, amongst others,” said Maziva.
A group called Dark Light Band is also expected to perform. The group has received good audience responses at its performances at Reps Theatre and the Zimbabwe German Society.
Maziva said she was hopeful the event would raise enough funds for her intended beneficiaries.
Mutemwa Leprosy Centre in Mutoko houses 41 patients.
“I have visited the centre twice. They are in dire need of drugs, 20 of the patients are suffering from tertiary leprosy. Most of them are blind and have lost their limbs, so the drugs we intend to buy are not only for leprosy, but various other related problems like hypertension,” she said.
Mother of Peace Orphanage cares for 132 children.