Concerned by the magnitude of anguish and distress back home due to the devastating torrential rains that has hit hard Malawi leaving hundreds of people dead and tens of thousands homeless; Malawians in the United Kingdom have come together in solidarity and have organised a fundraiser event with multi-faith prayers and partying in Nottingham this Saturday, January 31, 2014.
The fundraiser has been organised by Malawi Association UK (MAUK) an umbrella body for all Malawians in the UK in conjunction with the Malawi High Commission in London supported by the faith community and a consortium of all Malawian associations and organisations and is hosted by Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham (NDN) to raise funds and relief materials for the floods victims, especially school-going children.
MAUK chairperson Martin Guga, said the event to be held at Hyson Green Youth Club on Terrence Street, Hyson Green (just behind ASDA Store) NG7 6ER Nottingham, will host a galore of activities which will include fundraising goings-on and a lot of entertainment, amusements and dance.
Guga said the event will kick-start with prayers at 2:00pm and will run through to 10:00 pm and the party will continue thereafter at nearby Malawian joint, Kwacha Social Club, which is just a stone-throw away from the venue to dance the night away on 47 Gregory Boulevard road adjacent to Natwest Bank.
“We’re ‘incredibly moved’ by the stories that we hear and the pictures that we see from the motherland, Malawi. It’s very sad and we think as Malawians, regardless of where we are, we all have a social responsibility and a duty of care for our own country and people and together we can make a difference,” said Guga.
Guga however said it pleasing to see how Malawians have vehemently responded with an affirmative attitude to the fundraising event despite the short notice given.
He also appealed to Malawians in the UK to donate to the cause through the Malawi Association UK Emergency appeal fund saying the funds given before 31st of January will attract 25% gift aid and be doubled by Her Majesty’s government.
“This means that every £1 you give people in Malawi will receive over £2. I urge every Malawian to donate now by visiting: www.givey.com/malawiassociationemergencyfloodappeal.” Let’s do this Malawians. We are together in this. This is a problem for every Malawian. God blesses the hand that gives than the one that receives,” explained Guga.
The fundraiser event on the day promises full of life and fun-filled according to the hosts and ‘systematisers’ of the fundraiser event, Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham, who are organising the event on behalf of MAUK and its partners who include; Malawi Development Network London (MNDL)Malawi Muslim Community UK (Mamco) Malawi Asian Community UK (MAC) Daughters of Nyasa Coventry, (DDC) Apikanile Women, and Malawi Women Association UK. (Mawa)
All other regional and chapter associations such as Malawi Midlands Association, Leicester MalawiAssociation, Malawi Northampton Association, Malawi Manchester Association, Malawi Kent Association, Malawi Essex Association, Malawi Scotland Association will actively take part in the event.
In an interview Nyasa Daughters Nottingham Executive Secretary Brenda Malinki-Iyoha told Nyasa Times :“We know people are coming from far and wide and we have a lot of surprises for them. We want people not to be bored on the day, so we’ve lined up a lot of activities which include a singing competition (Malawi has got Talent) Karaoke, children games, tug of war, dancing competition, poetry and many more.”
Outgoing Malawi High Commissioner to the UK, Bernard Sande and MAUK Patron Jane Hampton are all expected to attend the event alongside other high profile dignitaries.
Malinki-Iyoha also said invitations have been extended to the Mayor of Nottingham and local counsellors, Nottingham City Council officials, other charities and business captains in Nottingham and surrounding areas.
Malawian church leaders in Nottingham namely; Citadel International church Senior Pastor Dinga Mjojo), Calvary Family church Senior Pastor Thipa, Springs of Life Ministry international Church centre, Pastor Yesaya, Pastor Lokote, Pastor Rose Masina-Chirawu and the chairperson of Malawi Muslim Association UK, Sheikh Sherrif Kaunde and they have all agreed to conduct the special prayers, explained Malinki-Iyoha.
Meanwhile, Malawi Association UK which will on March 28, 2014 hold its second edition of the ‘Pride of Malawi’ at the magnificent Athena in Leicester City centre to honour outstanding Malawians in the UK who are inspirational and making a difference in their communities and country, have disclosed that all the proceeds will go towards affected children to floods in education.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :