Duncan Mlanjira -Nyasa Times
Seven young Malawians are set to walk 362kms from the Capital City Lilongwe to Blantyre from May 30 to June 8 to raise funds to equip the High Dependency Unit of Kamuzu Central Hospital’s paediatric ward.
The campaign, dubbed ‘Strides of Hope’, is a campaign by a charity organisation called Beyond You.
Spokesperson of the group Deborah Mayuni said the seven are Wanangwa Msutu, Duwa Mvula, Milca Mphepo, Tiyanjane Kapalamula, Ruth Gondwe, Ivy Chilingulo and Kalolo Msaka and they target to raise MK22 million.
“Duwa, the founder of Beyond You, is the one who came up with the idea,” she said. “Inspired to stand up and do something to help our nation, we ventured out to see what we can do and we identified the High Dependency Unit of Kamuzu Central Hospital.
“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.
“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.
She added that the team are not professional walkers or sporty. “This will be their first time subjecting their bodies to such strain.”
“They will walk as far as they can on each of the 10 days and a support team will arrange their lodging and food. They will travel with a doctor on site as well as food and medical supplies.”
She said Carlsberg has sponsored drinks and water, Hercules Gym in Area 10 in Lilongwe has been training the team for physical fitness to prepare them.
“We are appealing to the public to sponsor MK362 per kilometre in a campaign we have themed #362forKCH. They can send their contribution through Airtel Money, TNM Mpamba or bank deposits.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :