Blantyre based journalists will on Saturday, January 31, 2015 host a braai on the gardens of Motel Paradise in Blantyre to raise funds for flood victims in affected areas of Blantyre city and rural.
Media Institute of Southern Africa-Malawi Chapter (MISA-Malawi) chairperson Thom Khanje is chairing the initiative which has also drawn members of Blantyre Press Club and the Journalists Union of Malawi.
Khanje told Nyasa Times on Wednesday that the journalists have decided to embark on the initiative to demonstrate that they don’t just write about problems affect the people but can also take action to support the need.
“We have written a lot of stories that have helped create awareness and generate local and international support for flood victims. But we now want to go beyond the writing by providing direct support to the affected families,” said Khanje.
He said prior to the braai – where food and drinks will be sold in addition to a door entry contribution of K500 per person, the group is also approaching media house owners and other well wishers to make donations towards the initiative.
The Misa-Malawi boss said patrons to the braai, which is open to both journalists and all members of the public, will be encourage to bring with some other materials for donation to the flood victims such as old clothes, kitchen utensil and groceries.
Khanje disclosed that Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda has accepted to grace the do as guest of hour while musician Fugie Kasipa has offered to play music with his disco equipment at a token fee.
He also thanked Motel Paradise for allowing them to bring their own drinks and food for sell during the event as well as allowing them to use the gardens and other facilities at half the normal prize charge for the venue.