Christmas Message 2022

Dear Friend of ZANE

It seems that the world has spent 2022 staggering from one crisis to another. Just as we were learning to live with covid, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the ongoing war of attrition has affected everyone, right across the globe. On top of all this, the political and economic difficulties in the UK, where the bulk of ZANE fundraising takes place, have had a severe impact on ZANE’s activities.

Once again, when we turn our thoughts to Zimbabwe, we see an unfolding tale of ever more deprivation and disaster — the situation in the country remains desperate, with inflation once again soaring and millions of people needing food aid. Inevitably, the number of people applying for help from ZANE continues to increase exponentially while our ability to assist is being negatively affected by the global uncertainties.

Somehow, through all the turmoil and chaos, ZANE Australia has managed to keep going and this is, in no small part, due to the commitment and dedication of our caring donors.

Participants from round the world managed to join Eric De Jong’s “Crocodile Tour” (kayaking the length of Kariba) and “Skeleton Coast Tour” (cycling from Harare to Swakopmund). Many of our Australian and New Zealand partners took part in one, or both, of these tours and we would like to thank Mark Johnson and Alan Crundall from Queensland and Peter Brodie from Western Australia, as well as Howard Thompson from New Zealand, for their amazing efforts.

As if this was not enough, Peter Brodie and Charlie Lenegan (our very own chairman) set off on a thousand – kilometre ride in WA. Whilst neither Peter nor Charlie was able to complete the tour due to accident and illness, they nevertheless managed to raise a significant amount of money, and donations from several spin-off events have added to this.

All the extra funds from OLT initiatives have been sent through to Zimbabwe and will be used as emergency relief for pensioners found in crisis situations.

Apart from these one-off donations, the generosity and steadfastness of the regular ZANE Australia donors have continued to humble us. Far from falling away, we have in fact witnessed donations holding firm month on month and several times we have been able to send more than our regular monthly transfer of money into Zimbabwe. Apart from the very obvious gratitude of the elderly who have been the beneficiaries, the ZANE teams in Zimbabwe have been uplifted and encouraged in their work knowing that so much goodwill exists and that so many people really do care, translating that care into giving. There are no words to express strongly enough our gratitude to you, our wonderful donors.

We look ahead in the hope that next year will indeed be better and, in the meantime, I extend every good wish for a joyful festive season, and many thanks again for the kindness and generosity of all of

Nicky Passaportis
CEO ZANE Australia

* Names and images may have been changed for privacy reasons

If you are already a ZANE donor, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you are not a donor but would like to be, please follow the link below and know that every donation, however big or small, goes directly to where it is most needed. If you would like to help but can’t donate, please join the ZANE family and ‘like’ or ‘share’ our posts or write us a Google review – every positive step helps spread the word about the life changing work ZANE does.

Thank you – Nicky Passaportis ZANE Australia

Please donate to support pensioners struggling to survive in Zimbabwe

Any assistance is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to giving our pensioners a better quality of life and lift the pressure of money worries which is very debilitating emotionally.

(Donations made to ZANE in Australia, are tax-deductible)