“I thank all Tigo subscribers who supported this year’s initiative,” Tigo’s Consumer/Deputy General Manager Diego Gutierrez said, adding, “We are happy to know that the results of our collective efforts will make a positive difference to hundreds of school students in the country.”
The 26m/- raised through collection of Tigo Rusha top-ups made between 11am and 12 noon on March 3, 2012 will go towards the Hassan Majaar Trust (HTM), a long-term programme designed to improve learning environment in schools through provision of desks to needy schools.
Subscribers who purchased airtime within the one-hour period used their airtime while Tigo contributed the amount towards the initiative. HMT chairperson, Ambassador Mwanaidi Maajar said of the initiative, “We are extremely happy with the initiative and we would like to thank Tigo for catering for the educational needs of our children… the donation that we have received will be used to buy desks for the already identified needy schools.”
Education and Vocational Training Minister Shukuru Kawambwa flagged off a two-kilometre charity walk to which over 100 people participated to mark the beginning of the initiative. Elsewhere in the country, thousands of people joined by topping-up their phones through Tigo Rusha in support of the initiative.
Tigo, priding itself as the first cellular network to introduce mobile phone survives in Tanzania in 1994, is part of Millicom International Cellular S.A (MIC), providing affordable, widely accessible and readily available prepaid cellular telephony services to over 30 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Africa and Latin America.