First Mutual Holdings Limited partnered the National Association of Secondary Heads (NASH) for the Harare Provincial Athletics Competition as the main sponsor for the 3rd year in running as part of the group’s community relations programme.
This exciting event was held on Friday 9 March at Eaglesvale Senior School where Harare’s finest high school sportspersons in athletics brought their A – game to the field and sweat it out for the top title!. Approximately 300 of the finest high school athletes from the 7 districts in Harare sweated it out to qualify for the NASH National Competition to be held in Bulawayo in a fortnight and the NASH Harare province will be defending its title for the fourth time.
“This event, is part of the First Mutual in the community initiatives which aims to promote and raise the standard of living through various corporate social responsibility initiatives. Through this sponsorship to which we committed in 2016, First Mutual is supporting and promoting sports in schools as sport is an important element in the education curricula, and indeed is now a professional career that is sustaining many individuals globally. As First Mutual we care, and we believe it’s possible for these young people to even become professionals in the field of sport, flying high the Zimbabwe flag and get to the level of great athletes like the legendary Artwell Mandaza, Peter Ndlovu, the Black Brothers, Elliot Mujaji, Samkeliso Moyo, Khama Billiat, Kirsty Coventry and many others who have done us proud as a country,” said Farayi Mangwende Group Marketing & Strategy Executive for First Mutual Holdings Limited.
The National Association of Secondary Heads comprises all secondary and high schools in Zimbabwe, and NASH Harare Province is composed of eighty five (85) secondary schools in the Harare Province seven districts. The main discipline for the competition was athletics and included in the track and field events were long jump, shot put, triple jump, discus and javelin.
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“As the National Association of Secondary Heads we value partnership with corporate organisations, such as First Mutual as it assists the association and the school athletics in many ways. The levels of competitions improve to a higher level with financial support and the presence of corporate funding in these competitions indicate that sports is a very important element in the education of school students. This helps students to take sport quite seriously and excel for later development after school” said Dr Rayo, NASH Harare Province Chairperson.
NASH’s main objective is to promote sports in secondary schools. It organises sports in many sporting disciplines including athletics, soccer tennis, netball, basketball and rugby amongst others. Competitions are organised from inter-house level at school level up to regional level. NASH is a member of COSSASA (Confederation of School Sports Associations of Southern Africa) comprising Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Botswana, Angola and Zimbabwe.
In addition to the NASH sponsorship, First Mutual continues to promote and raise the standard of living through
various corporate social responsibility initiatives to support selected children from throughout the country with
educational assistance and necessary ancillary services through its First Mutual Foundation bursary scheme.
Education was chosen as the focus of the foundation because it is the bedrock of development for any
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