It is vitally important that donors and potential donors are reassured that the money you donate goes to the intended Project.

Zimbabwe Challenge is committed to ensuring that the funds and materials received reach the intended Project, and has established risk management procedures to achieve this security.

Zimbabwe Challenge Trust

The issue of ensuring that the funds and materials reach the intended Project is our top priority. To make this happen on the ground we set up a Registered Trust in Zimbabwe. The Trust reports and is answerable to the Zimbabwe Challenge Charity in Australia.

The Trust is based on Christian Principles, serving people of all faiths or of no faith.

Matthew 25: 40 Jesus said, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me.”

The Trust is served by a team of reliable, trustworthy and honest people in Zimbabwe who Mr and Mrs Dufton know and trust, some of whom Tim was at school with. They are all unpaid volunteers.

  •  Moira Robinson is the Trust Secretary
  • Tim Dufton is a Founding Trustee and Trust Chairman
  • Anne de Wet is a Founding Trustee and Trust Treasurer
  • Solomon Rondozai is a Trust Committee Member

Appointment of Auditor/Accountant

We are pleased to appoint Madelyn Johnson as our Auditor/Accountant. Madelyn has many years experience and will ensure the Trust complies with all accounting, auditing, legal and ethical issues.

Jean Dufton with Madelyn Johnson

Materials for the Projects are purchased in Zimbabwe from funds transferred to the Trust from Australia, United States, Canada, UK, South Africa and elsewhere, and from within Zimbabwe itself.


We are able to assure donors that all of your funds will be used for the intended purpose and every measure has been taken to prevent the theft of money and items. We believe we have put in place measures that attain the level of transparency required. There is a clear chain of accountability, instead of the dispersal of money and items through third parties where problems can eventuate. NO CASH is distributed.

The setting up a Trust on the ground in Zimbabwe is paramount in demonstrating the integrity of Zimbabwe Challenge. Further, with photographic evidence, supported by receipts from both suppliers and recipients we are confident that donors can be assured that their donations are being used for the intended purpose.

Of particular interest is the assurance that no project donated money will be used for marketing or administration, as we have one donor who has pledged to help cover some of the operating costs of Zimbabwe Challenge. (Other donors for operating costs would be welcome)

At this stage all the work is carried out by volunteers.

About Zimbabwe Challenge Charity

Valma         Bob       Jean     John        Founding Members

Our VolunteersZimbabwe Challenge is a Registered Charity in Australia, number CH2409, and a Public Company limited by guarantee; ACN 164 738 185.


It is also registered with the Australian Government “Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

Further details and confirmation can be found at the website of the Office of Fair Trading, Department of Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland, Australia –

Zimbabwe Challenge is administered by a committee of 5 volunteers. The intention is to ensure a high standard of operational, financial and marketing expertise by bringing together a team of motivated, highly skilled people.

The charity is based on Christian Principles, serving people of all faiths or of no faith.

Matthew 25: 40 Jesus said, “I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me.”

President and Director Mr Robert Cunningham

Mr Cunningham has twenty-eight years teaching and lecturing experience in schools and teachers’ colleges. He was Assistant Director of Queensland Art Gallery, and Director Nelson Gallery, Williamstown.

Mr Cunningham is an author and art historian, and is involved with two elephant charities in Thailand.

Founding Member Mrs Valma Knox

Mrs Knox has had extensive experience in the Radio and Television broadcasting business.

Mrs Knox has been secretary for a number of churches and Secretary, Parish Councillor and Synod Representative for the Anglican Church of St Peter, Bribie Island. She has great administration, computer and fund raising ability.

Director and Secretary Mr Tim Dufton

Mr Dufton brings to the team his experience in operating a business, having run his own business for 20 years.

He has accumulated 20 years experience in Australia in helping new small businesses start up. This included training and mentoring new small businesses through the Commonwealth Business Advice for Rural Areas Scheme, the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme and Tertiary Education Colleges.

In Zimbabwe as a District Commissioner Mr Dufton was responsible for the implementation of agricultural projects and community projects, such as crafts, in rural areas. This means he is able to assess and advise the Zimbabwe charities and destitute women on the practicability and viability of their self sufficiency projects.

Director Mr John Knox

Mr Knox has been a Radio Announcer for more than 50 years.

Mr Knox has also lectured in Broadcast Journalism at Bond University, and as guest lecturer at QUT in Radio Broadcasting

In the field on Charity Work, John was a member of the committee of the Box Flat Mine Disaster Fund, the Kianga Disaster Relief Fund, Crime Stoppers Queensland, the Blood Bank Ethics Committee, the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee, and the Steering Committee for the Year of Older Persons in 1999.

In 2006 he was presented with the Defence Medal by then Member for Longman, the Honourable Mal Brough. The 2001 award of the Centenary Medal was for “40 years in radio broadcasting, nurturing young people and support for countless charities”.

Then Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman presented Mr Knox with the Key to the City in 2003.

Committee Member Mrs Jean Dufton

Mrs Jean Dufton is our prayer warrior! Born in China of missionary parents Jean brings a love of Christ, a desire for His Word and the joy of praise. She has deep compassion for the unwanted, and keeps reminding us the Charity is about “People, not Projects“!

Jean has a wealth of experience in the fields of teaching, communication, analysing skills, mentoring, caring, hospitality, and public speaking. One of her strengths is her international experience, particularly in China, the Philippines, Australia and Canada.

Treasurer Mrs Carol Plane

Carol has extensive experience in Bookkeeping and Administration gained mainly in the Building and Construction industries.

Carol has also served on Parish Councils and was the Treasurer for the rapidly expanding Gungahlin Anglican Church in Canberra for 7 years.

Her extensive experience with Accounting Software packages, and administration systems are a valuable asset for Zimbabwe Challenge.

Committee Member Mr Barry Brown

Barry trained as a Chartered Accountant and has extensive financial and accounting experience gained in a globally based career.

He was born in South Africa and spent much of his life there, so he understands the particular needs and priorities of disadvantaged communities and the most effective ways to make a positive difference to their lives.

Committee Member Mrs. Sue Evans

 Born in Zimbabwe Sue brings extensive organisational skills, a can-do attitude and a passion for helping the poorest of the poor in Zimbabwe