A Whatsapp grouping of Malawian supporters for the English Premier League club, Manchester United, on Saturday donated medical supplies worth about K1.7 million (approximately US$2,316) to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
The donated supplies are for the referral hospital’s surgical department, and it’s part of the grouping’s commitments of helping the underprivileged. The donation also included washing soap.
It is second donation the grouping, formed in 2015 and comprise Malawians based in the country and abroad, made this year. On 2ndJanuary they also donated various medical items worth K1.2 million to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe as part of festive season’s celebrations.
Speaking during the presentation of the donation on Saturday, Judge Justice Sylvester Kalembera said the grouping was formed to, among other objectives, give back to the society and help the vulnerable, disadvantaged and the needy.
“The basic and primary objective of this grouping was to create a forum where we, as Malawian Manchester United supporters can share news, views and opinions about Manchester United. It has become a forum where we show our passion and love for Manchester United,” Kalembera said.
While describing the Whatsapp grouping as a very big family, Kalembera said the forum acts as platform where they exhibit frustrations when things go sour for their beloved team without being judged as well as sharing personal joys and sorrows.
He said the donation made to the hospital was in line with Manchester United Football Club’s social corporate responsibility agenda.
“Hence our charitable activities, which are also aimed at making difference in the lives of the disadvantaged and suffering in the country. It is our wish, having appreciated and noticed the hardships faced by this referral hospital, and the people who access its services, to make our humble donation of medical supplies in our earnest efforts to help alleviate the suffering of those who come to access medical services at this hospital,” he added.
Kalembera also said the donation was necessitated by the fact the hospital caters for large population and does not always manage to offer services due to shortage of medical supplies among other challenges.
Team leader for the grouping, Allan Chinula disclosed plans are underway to make similar donations at Zomba Central Hospital and Mzuzu Central Hospital.
“The first donation was part of the festive season and this one is part of Easter celebrations. We will continue to support those less fortunate as one of our obligations,” said Chinula.
QECH Chief Hospital Administrator, Themba Mhango said the donation would help to ease the challenges the hospital experience in terms of medical supply shortage.
“The donated supplies are acceptable and fit in very well with our requirements as a hospital. The supplies might be basic but it’s what saves a lot of people’s lives, so we are grateful for the donation,” said Mhango.
During the donation, the grouping observed a minute of silence in memory of one of its members, Hastings Tembo who died in the recent past.
The grouping boasts of having more than 178 members from Malawi, USA, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), South Africa and other parts of the world.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :