The story of a one-legged bicycle taxi operator in Luchenza, Thyolo that appeared in Nyasa Times captured the imagination of former Member of Parliament Felix Njawala, who has mobilised sympathisers to raise funds to buy a motorcycle for the self-sustaining businessman with disability.
A story by Malawi News Agency also published in the local newspaper reported that 27-year-old Charles George is centre of attraction at Luchenza town because he operates a bicycle taxi, commonly known as Kabaza, with ease and can cover up to 20kms with a passenger on board or just carrying heavy loads.
This prompted Njawala to campaign for George on Facebook where he posted a picture of the article with the caption; ‘How I wish he could one day operate using a Bajaj. We can make his dream come true, it costs less than MK1.5 million.’
Instantly the former MP received encouragement from the public and urged him to keep the momentum going upon which Njawala contacted the cyclist, who requested that instead of the suggested three-wheeled Bajaj, they consider a motorcycle instead.
Njawala reported back to the concerned citizens of the new development and within a few days, he had managed to raise MK325,000 and are remaining with MK 125,000 of the total cost of the motorcycle at MK450,000.
“I got inspired by that story and I saw that he is the man to assist because he starts by helping himself,” Njawala said. “We have many young people who believe in begging but not with this young man — he believes in himself and that’s inspired all who contributed towards this cause.”
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