Inflame the Dream Keeps a Few Hearts Warm this Winter




Urban Craft magazine caught up with Inflame The Dream founder Ruvimbo Chinzou (cee) to find out more about the Blanket-Fest Donation Party and her organisation's work in 'igniting dreams' itself.

Below is how the interview went.



What is the idea behind the Blanket Fest Donation Party?



The Blanket-Fest Donation Party is part of our annual Easter event. It is our way of giving back to the community & touching the lives of underprivileged children. One of our objectives is to support orphanages that cannot meet the basic needs of underprivileged orphans by providing food and clothing.





What is it that inspired you to take up this initiative?



This initiative was simply inspired by the fact that winter is soon upon us and after visiting Wings of Grace for the first time, one of the things they mentioned that they were in need of was blankets. The condition of the blankets we saw was heartbreaking so it just cemented the drive.



What drew you towards Wings Of Grace orphanage and made it your choice for this donation?



As an organisation we always try to look for places that are not getting much help from donors or individuals which is why most of our previous projects have been in the rural areas. However, upon research Wings of Grace was mentioned as one of the worst living conditions for orphans so we decided to go and see for ourselves. We must say Gogo Gwanzura who owns the orphanage is doing an amazing job, Wings of Grace is home to 30 children and against all odds her love for them is undeniable.





Have you managed to source enough blankets for the fest and how did that task itself go?



The response towards this campaign has been overwhelming. Initially we set-up a go-fundme page to raise money for the blankets and people were quick to get involved simply based on the work they've previously seen us carry out. We always like to ensure that everything we do is transparent and that our beneficiaries receive the help direct from us. We also had donations from friends and family but our biggest sponsor for this campaign was SUPREME EVENTS in Australia who raised a total of $1,000 towards the event. Our target was 30 blankets & pillows but we have by far exceeded that.



Does the timing itself, being Easter and all, have any significance in as far as the Blanket-Fest Donation Party is concerned?



Each Easter we campaign for a different cause however this year the Blanket-Fest tied in perfectly as the winter season is soon upon us.



How long has this campaign been running and can you share with details as to how your previous efforts have fared?



This campaign has been running since January after we completed our annual Christmas hamper campaign. The Christmas Secret Hamper Campaign is our BIG end of year event where we donate food hampers on Christmas Day to less-privileged families in struggling communities. The last event took place in Bumburwi village, Chihota. It was the first time doing the hampers but the response we have received from that is amazing and so many organisations and individuals want to get involved for 2017. However, we are still to decide where it will take place this year we have a few places in mind. The best part about the Christmas Hampers is that it's a SECRET and these families have no idea until we just show up on their doorstep it's an experience only to be experienced and not explained.

If we are to compare that to the Blanket-Fest we can most definitely say our Christmas Hamper campaign has been the catalyst for a potentially great event this Easter. This one is bigger and better potentially the best one yet but wait till December and that might all change.



Where do you intend to take the Blanket Fest initiative to next?



Our mission is to make this a national campaign where different organisations get involved and we have a dedicated day for blanket distribution wether that is in orphanages, homeless people, prisons,

Struggling families etc. It's a great cause and it is a blessing to give. You will be surprised what some of us take for granted means the world to another.





Besides the Blanket-Fest Donation party, what other programs are you involved in? 



The Blanket-Fest is a campaign we just introduced this year, we also have our annual Christmas Secret Hamper Campaign where we donate food hampers to the less privileged in the community. We also carry out workshops & projects in schools centered around self-development, identifying your unique skills & talents, leadership and purpose. These take place in rural schools, orphanages and youth centers. The last one took place at Cherutombo

High School Marondera, Zimbabwe.



For the benefit of those not yet familiar with you, can you tell us what Inflame The Dream is and where it all started?



First set up in 2012 by Ruvimbo Chinzou (Cee), with the simple vision to empower and ignite dreams and visions. Inflame the Dream is dedicated to be a fly over bridge for children whose road to success has been cut by harsh waters. We believe that every child has a gift within that needs to be ignited.



Our aims & objectives are:



~ Support orphanages that cannot meet the basic needs of underprivileged orphans by providing food and clothing

~ foster hope to the vulnerable and disadvantaged~ Help young people realise their gifts and talents and how they can use these to achieve greatness~ One to one mentoring schemes~ Carry out workshops that equip young people with practical tools needed to achieve their dreams



Purpose:

Restore hope and Ignite Dreams & Visions





What are your plans for the rest of the year and beyond? 



We are looking forward to our Christmas Hamper end of year event. However, we've had many organisations that are looking to partner up with us on various projects beforehand which is awesome because I believe together we can achieve more & touch more lives. As long as it ties in with our aims & objectives we are up for it.



Our Vision:



Africa is full of young talented, aspiring, skilled young people with dreams and visions beyond you can imagine. However, the harsh realities of life have suppressed and darkened so many dreams. To dream is to live.

Inflame the Dream believes that no child deserves to live a hopeless life and our vision is to create a platform where dreams are ignited, hope is restored, purpose is achieved and destinies are fulfilled. We want to be remembered as people that Inflamed a childs dream and showed them that they were not bound by their situation in life.

#Whatever you do, you do with love & humility!



Last but not least, can you give us a brief background into just who Ruvimbo Cee is?



I am simple; I live , I love, I laugh. I am a motivational speaker, events manager & dance coach. I love football or soccer as other people call it and support only the best club in the world. Il leave it at that!



My greatest achievement in life to date has to be winning Miss Africa Great Britain 2011. I know that there's a huge negative connotation surrounding pageantry and modelling in general but I believe anybody can be successful in whatever area they choose as long as their mindset is correct and their pursuing purpose. Whatever you do in life make sure it is what you was born to do. Everybody was born for a reason & for a purpose and that purpose will inevitably involve helping others one way or another. Initially, I had no idea that winning Miss Africa Great Britain would be the beginning of Inflame the Dream but I've always had a passion for touching lives of the less privileged and when purpose meets passion things begin to happen.



Being Miss Africa Great Britain 2011, was an amazing achievement and it created a platform to give back and contribute to society. A great teacher once taught me that fulfilment in life is always in direction proportion to your level of contribution. 



My understanding of giving has fuelled my passion and set me on a mission to help and touch the lives of the less privileged. Inflame the Dream is my way of saying I UNDERSTAND you, I FEEL for you, I want to HELP you!



However, none of this makes sense without mentioning the amazing team and real destiny helpers that God has ordained in my life. Inflame the Dream team (family) is simply amazing. These individuals dedicate their time and energy into spreading love and making this world a better place. It is the passion and desire from them to make a difference and impact lives that is the driving force behind our work in the community.



I also have the best supporting family ever who encourage me constantly throughout this journey of life. It is always good to have a positive support network because any negativity can deter your attention from your desired goal. Allow me to mention the most amazing sister I could ever ask for Kareen Makowah. Kareen as Co-founder of Inflame the Dream has supported the organisation from its conception. As the operations manager at Inflame the Dream, she brings a flare of stability, that sustains its operations to date. She is the real MVP! #HerLoveGameTooStrong



Last but most certainly not least I give thanks to God Almighty for entrusting me with this vision. I am simply a mere vessel in Gods big plan for Inflame the Dream. All I ask is let his light so shine upon Inflame the Dream so his name and ONLY his name can be gloried! Let people see the good works of Inflame the Dream and proclaim "God is good".
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