Saved By the Ball (SBB), an organisation that promotes table and lawn tennis in the Northern Region, has received K150 000 (about $441) from Peter Mwanza Junior to promote the sport in the region.
According to the SBB director Owen Mfune, Peter Mwanza Junior, son to Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Professor Peter Mwanza, is based in the United States of America and made the donation last week.
“Apparently, son to the minister is a tennis fan and when he came during the Christmas holiday, he enquired about the problems this organisation faces in the day-to-day running of the sport only to respond by pledging the amount which we received last week,” said Mfune.
He said SBB will use the money to buy an office printer, which they need to process information. He also said some of the money will be used to process passports for outstanding players who have on several occasions failed to participate in international games due lack of the travel documents.
“We really thank Peter Mwanza Jnr for the gesture. I promise, we will be transparent and accountable in the use of the money,” said Mfune.
The donation is a welcome development to the region’s sports development officer, Georgina Msowoya, who has on many times appealed for support towards any sport discipline to give the youth something that could help groom them into responsible and productive citizens.
SBB has produced tennis players such as Mary Luhanga, Happy Shonga, Dingase Saka and Buda Mhango.