It has been over a week since we brought you our coverage of Zimbabwe Achievers Awards and the buzz is still very much alive with winners, press and organisers still talking about the dazzling event held on Saturday, 28 April at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

Not content on riding on the wave of this star-studded party celebrating achievements of Zimbabweans in the UK, the ZAA Committee has already started working on next year’s event, but not before giving all those a note of thanks from the CEO, Conrad Mwanza, to all those who have supported this year’s Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

Conrad Mwanza photo: sixoone.com

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards Committee and Panel, I would like to thank my fellow countrymen and friends of Zimbabwe who took time to attend the ZAA Dinner Gala on Saturday 28th April 2012.
In 2011, we had set out to find common ground amidst Zimbabweans living in the UK… A platform whereby as a community; irrelevant of race, culture or political affiliation; we could come together in unity to find hope and to celebrate the wonderful and inspirational accomplishments of our fellow country women and men. Our aim had been to create a platform where Zimbabwean talent and achievement could be highlighted, and whereby people could be recognized whilst motivating fellow Zimbabweans to work with the same determination to reach excellence in everything they do. we are still small and in a small way we hope we can have a positive impact on our community.

As you know, Zimbabweans are spread throughout the world with very few of us having any knowledge of the amazing and wonderful things our fellow country men and women are doing. Although our focus has primarily been the Zimbabwean community living in the UK, we have received increased interest to host similar events in South Africa and Zimbabwe as well as in the US. These are works in progress for the future, so please continue to support us in our endeavours to bring our global Zimbabwean community together in unity, finding hope inspiration and a reason to celebrate being Zimbabwean, through the success and achievements of other Zimbabweans worldwide.

An event such as this would not be possible without your support, and the support of our sponsors.

Sponsors

Moneygram International - MoneyGram’s involvement with ZAA proves tis ongoing commitment to engaging and supporting the community. Their support of this event helps strengthen a growing relationship with the Zimbabwean community, please consider using Moneygram next time you send money home.

Econet Mobile - A truly Zimbabwean company that has inspired many, please lets get behind Econet Mobile UK and use their sim cards, calls to UK mobiles cost only 5p per min and you can call home from 6p per min, if not for the good rates lets use it as its our own, Sim Cards can be ordered from http://www.econetmobile.com/Buy/Products

ZAA is always looking for strategic partners who together with us can share a platform from which to showcase the valuable and distinctive contribution made by members of the Zimbabwean community.

All award categories provide sponsors with exceptional brand exposure. The event will be a glamorous, quality-first occasion for which only the best is good enough.Naturally, sponsors’ brands will benefit by association. In addition, they will enjoy a direct route to key decision-makers within the community on the evening itself, as well as pre- and post-event, through extensive advertising, marketing and public relations activities. For Strategic Partnerships please email 

Marjorie Ngwenya and husband

Tawanda Chiwira and Mrs Chiwira

Charities 

I am happy to announce that we raised well over 3k for our chosen charities this year, also mainly thanks to Dereck Chisora who made a single 2k donation to all the charities, I hope this will go a long way in making a difference in someone else’s life, charity has to begin at home and I’m encouraging you to do as much as you can to help our less privileged, God only helps those who help themselvesAs part of our social responsibility, we chose 5 charities to support this year, we aim to support these charities pre and post the Awards Dinner through raffle tickets, auctions and more, please help us support these charities either through volunteering or by making a small donation. donations as little as £1 can go a long way TEXT ZAAF90 & Amount eg £1 to 70070

Ponayi - A Cancer and Aids Recovey Charity www.ponayi.org.uk 

Vimba – Feeding well over 200 children in 3 centres in Zimbabwe, Vimba continues to do their best, lets support their efforts www.vimba.co.uk

Girl Child Network – A Girl empowerment programme headed by CNN Hero betty Makoni – www.girlchildnetworkworldwide.org

African Baobab Foundation – A relatively new charity in the scene headed by Freeman Ncube –  http://www.africanbaobabfoundation.org

and Save the Rhino – an International Charity doing amazing conservation work in Zimbabwe – www.savetherhino.org

The Winners
The people highlighted in the ZAA 2012 have been put forward and nominated by the community. We fully acknowledge that there are many other Zimbabweans who are achieving great things and who remain relatively unknown. We hope that future awards will allow more Zimbabweans achieving excellence to be bought forward and highlighted. There are no losers as we believe every nominee is an Achiever by their own right. To every one of our Nominee’s – congratulations for the outstanding work, talent and excellence you have achieved. We hope your initiatives will bring inspiration to other Zimbabweans. You have certainly inspired the team here at ZAA. Let me say a massive congratulations to the 2012 Winners, please continue in your work and continue to make us proud. http://www.zimachieversawards.blogspot.co.uk/ 

Female Entrepreneur of the Year - Viola Ncube

Event of the Year - Fashion Gives Back

Urban Designer of the Year - Blackarmoor

The Future 
We have had a lot of request coming from South Africa, Zimbabwe and USA, I am happy to announce that the first ZAA SA is now scheduled for December 1 2012 at the beautiful Hyatt Hotel in Johannesburg, please email  for more details. The Pull from Zimbabwe has been very strong and work is underway to perhaps bring the most prestigious event in our calender back home, please watch the space.
ZAA 2013
Plans are already underway for ZAA UK 2013 and a beautiful venue has been picked, please continue to follow our progress at www.zimachievers.com 
Last Note
I would like to once again thank the community for the amazing support. I would also like to leave you with a simple scripture Matthew 7 vs 7 to 8 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;nock and the door will be opened to you. 8.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Let’s continue as a community to seek and lets continue to Dream and show the World how great we are. Please find attached highlights of 2012 for more pictures please see HERE

 

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