Friends of Limbani fundraising golf tournament held at Blantyre Sports Club on Friday which attracted a field of 27 golfers including Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima raised a total of K7 million to help Malawi’s veteran journalist Limbani Moya’s kidymet transplant treatment in India.
The money was raised through the participation fees for the teams, sponsored by both individual and corporate companies, auction of donated products among others.
Hotel Victoria offered K1.5 million and Countrywide Car Hire K1 million to become the tournament’s main sponsors.
The presence of Chilima also helped to boost the campaign as Hotel Victoria Managing Director Furkani Gani and Mataka each offered K400,000 to sit next to the Malawi’s second citizen for the good cause.
Other companies and individuals who have contributed include Noel Lipipa’s K570,000 and also bought a hotel accommodation room at K100,000, National Bank and FMB banks K500,000 each, Airtel Malawi K300,000, Macra K250,000, K200,000 Press Trust, FD Communications K150,000, FDH Bank K140,000, Nations Publications Limited, Nyasa Times editorial director Thom Chiumia K100,000, former Times Group Editor Idriss Nasser K50,000.
Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture Grace Obama Chiumia, who accompanied Chilima, also donated K100,000 to the cause.
The Vice-President, who played in the tournament, assured that the K3 million shortfall would be sourced within one week.
“I would like to thank the companies, golfers and all those who heeded the call and did something about it,” Chilima said.
“We have managed to raise close to K7 million and I am confident that the remaining K3 million would be found by next week Friday,” he said.
Chairperson of Friends of Limbani, Anthony Kasunda, disclosed that they came up with the initiative after noticing that the former Times Media Group Editor’s health was deteriorating having been diagnosed with kidney problems.
Kasunda said the initiative was hatched after Moya disclosed that her sister offered to donate a kidney but he needed K10 million to meet the shortfall of K14 million for the medical procedure.
“We agreed to do something and an idea to hold the golf competition was hatched because we were moved by her sister who volunteered to donate the kidney,” Kasunda said.
Kasunda, Malawi Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) chairperson applauded the golfers for and sponsors for contributing to the success of the tournament.
Lab Enterprise team comprising Managing Director Noel Lipipa and Harold Lungu won the tournament with Macra team of Zachariah Hara and David Nyirenda coming second while another Lab sponsored team finished on third.
Symon Moses hit the longest drive on hole number six while veteran lady golfer Margaret Mkwanda did it on eighth hole.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :