The seven young Malawians, who set off on May 30 for a10-day charity 362kms walk from the Capital City Lilongwe to Blantyre to raise funds to buy 11 different medical equipment from India for the High Dependency Unit of Kamuzu Central Hospital’s paediatric ward, finally completed their noble cause Wednesday.
“We have just arrively safely in Blantyre” said the group’s spokesperson Deborah Mayuni on Wednesday.
“It is almost like a dream. People welcomed us at Kameza Roundabout [in Blantyre] and escorted us to College of Medicine — the final destination,” she said.
The group, Wanangwa Msutu, Duwa Mvula, Milca Mphepo, Tiyanjane Kapalamula, Ruth Gondwe, Ivy Chilingulo and Kalolo Msaka, started off on this venture from Kamuzu Central Hospital where they were seen off by many supporters including wife to the country’s Vice-president, Madam Mary Chilima.
Their target is to raise MK22 million and so far they have managed K13 million and they are appealing to the public to continue to donate to reach their target.
The money is to buy medical equipment from Indian company, Worldwide Pharmaceutical Distributors. The equipment includes one defribilitor, one ECG machine, six infusion pumps, four nebulisers, six oxygen concentrators, six patient monitors, five portable oxygen cylinders, five resuscitation bags and masks, 500 suction catheters and four suction machines.
The equipment comes with the manufacturer’s warranty against any defect and that engineers from India shall come to install and demonstrate proper use. First year service is for free with a maximum of three visits.
Dubbed ‘Strides of Hope’, this is a campaign by a charity organisation called Beyond You, and they were appealing to the public to sponsor a humble MK362 (MK1 per kilometre) or more.
Mayuni said people can still make their contribution through Airtel Money on 0991258954 , TNM Mpamba 0881753869 or bank deposits at Standard Bank; Beyond You, City Mall Branch, current account number 01400369314000.
Hundreds of people supported their cause through well wishing messages on the group’s Facebook page, Beyond You, and it is yet to translate to the actual support the group needs.
For those outside Malawi, they may give through our ‘gofundme’ page on the following link:
Along the way, a lot of motorists stopped by them to offer their encouragement and made their donations on the spot.
“We think as young people, we can also contribute to the development of our nation. We may not at the moment have all the needed finances, but surely we can help mobilise the resources,” Kayuni said.
“We hope people will be compelled to give toward the cause, seeing as these guys have made such a sacrifice in hope for a better future,” she said.
The group had a support team which was arranging their lodging, food and medical supplies and they travelled with a doctor on site.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :