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Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 03:21:04 -0700
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Hi everyone,

The following memo has been posted on the CFU Web site at http://site.mweb.co.zw/cfu .


Farm Families' Trust

I am circulating this to all Farmers' Associations, Commodity and Regional Chairmen.

A Board of Trustees has been set up to co-ordinate and increase the fund-raising activities currently being done for the widows and families of farmers who have recently lost their loved ones at the hands of so-called "war veterans". These murders have been done in the most brutal and barbarous manner leaving a stunned farming community. At present there are five widows Cathy Olds in Nyamandhlovu, Maria Stevens from Macheke, Sherry Dunn and Lynne Weeks both from the Beatrice area and today we hear of yet another, Elaine Oates of Trelawney. Hopefully there will not be more.

The Trustees are myself as Chairman, assisted by Richard Winkfield, the Director of Art Farm, Caroline Thornycroft, from ZTA and editor of 'Zimbabwe Tobacco', Geoff Day, the CFU Chief Accountant, looking after the finances and Linda Howard, a legal practitioner, for the many legal matters that beset us.

A separate fund for the affected farm workers has been set up by the employer's organization, the Agricultural Labour Bureau (ALB), together with the trade union, the General Agricultural Workers' Union (GAPWUZ). This was done as the trade union, quite correctly and admirably, wished to get involved.

Even though I am a past Chairman of the ALB, my involvement is as a Past President of the CFU, and is concerned with the commercial farming community, and, therefore, the widows and their families.

The ladies' circumstances differ, but all of them require as much support as we can give them. The greatest need of course, is finance. There are many costly items that need covering, e.g., school fees (there are nine children involved), legal and financial advice, as well as practical on-farm advice, apart from the day to day living expenses to tide them over until they can get on their feet again.

If any member of the farming community would care to send a donation, please send it to:

The Farm Families' Trust
c/o The Chief Accountant
Commercial Farmers' Union
P O Box WGT 390

with a covering note stating how the donation should be allocated either for an individual or for a general fund to cover the many hidden and unexpected expenses that crop up.

The Trustees will be absolutely faithful to any donor's wishes, be they made for either a specific person or for the general fund, to be dispersed at the Trustees' discretion. The funds, of course, will be audited and correctly managed by the Board of Trustees.

Yours sincerely


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Brief list of helpful sites on the issue:
- Comprehensive news updates -- http://www.1freespace.com/beetee
- Offers of and requests for help for Zimbabweans -- http://pub9.ezboard.com/boffersofhelp
- Commercial Farmers' Union -- http://www.mweb.co.zw/cfu
- Movement for Democratic Change -- http://www.in2zw.com/mdc
- Zimbabwe Democracy Trust -- http://www.zimbabwedemocracytrust.org
- BSAP Pursuit of Zimbabwean Criminals -- http://www.bsaphq.f9.co.uk