Four Malawian cyclists plan to cycle 1,755kms from Nsanje to Chitipa and back to Blantyre for charity to raise funds to drill one borehole each in nine villages in nine districts — Nsanje, Mulanje, Balaka, Dedza, Salima, Dowa, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba and Chitipa.
The four, Stewart Kambewa, John Moyenda, Symon Kachepa and Kwame Kayira, intend to start their task — dubbed ‘Clean Water Cycle 999’ — from1st-10th October from Nsanje to Chitipa then from Mzuzu to Blantyre from 13th-17th October.
They want to cover the whole distance in 15 days, doing 150kms a day.
Team leader Stewart Kambewa said they will first drill a borehole early September in Mulanje before embarking on the venture. The four cyclists will finance the Mulanje borehole project to entice wellwishers of their noble intention.
“We want to show people what we intend to do, so will launch it before we depart,” Kambewa said. “What made us come up with this idea of sinking boreholes is that we sorry at women and girls queuing for water at the gates of big bwanas when water board decides to dry up their taps.
“It made us feel sorry for these ladies. The same mind took us to villages — imagine how hard it is for women out there in the villages, who walk long distances to access clean water.
“Some don’t even have access to clean water. We realised that not all villages have clean water as some get water from rivers and other unsafe sources,” Kambewa said.
The task is from Nsanje-Mozambique border to Chitipa-Tanzania border, a distance of 1,139kms. Then from Mzuzu to Blantyre via Lilongwe — a distance of 720kms.
Kambewa asked wellwishers to join them in the venture when they come to their doors for assistance.
“We will be dropping letters at different companies [asking for assistance] and we pray that we will get the much-needed support,” he said.