NGO Games 2019 - "Together for Better Lives"
With the Cyclone Idai that struck Zimbabwe in Chimanimani and Chipinge early this year, most Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have been on their toes assisting communities that were affected by this disaster. To cool-off from a such busy schedule, more than 20 organizations including Save the Children came together for the 2019 NGO games which were held on Saturday at Barclays Sports Club in Harare. All present organisations competed against each other in various sporting disciplines which include Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Netball, Basketball and Pool. The games were co-hosted by Save the Children and International Rescue Committee under the theme “Together for Better Lives”.
Save the Children took advantage of games to continue its 100 years of saving children celebrations and to also profile the work that is being done by the organisation in Zimbabwe. This was done through live interviews with ZiFM stereo, which is one of the leading radio station in Zimbabwe. The activities of the day were also shared on various social media platforms which include Facebook and twitter.
The event was also open to family members with lots of exciting activities for children such as jumping castles, dance competitions, quiz and there were lots of giveaways which included the Save the Children 100 years branded rulers. Various corporates also partnered with the event hosts and they got an opportunity to exhibit their products and services.
Staff members from Save the Children participated in all the sporting disciplines and they came out as the champions in the pool discipline and second in the soccer discipline.
The NGO games have now become an annual event for NGOs in Zimbabwe , and they are held each every August. This year's games were commended by most people as the most organised games in recent memory.