Children and parents from Area 47, 49 and other locations in Lilongwe had a rare occasion on Saturday, May 14, 2016, when Mpico Gateway Shopping Mall, through Ngabantu Global Event Management firm hosted a Family Gala at the business centre’s car park.
The Gala, which went from morning to evening was characterised by music, acrobatics, traditional dances, adult sports games, children games, face painting and several other social activities.
Amongst the adult sports games that were staged were netball and pool, which saw winning teams and individuals walking away with various prizes.
The Netball games were played at the newly launched Gateway Netball Court, which will be hosting games for the K8m Mpico Gateway Challenge and other competitive netball games.
Another centre of attraction during the festive was an Acapella music choir- Lilongwe Community Choir, which mesmerised the gathering with some nice songs.
Apart from the activities, there was a cash bar as well as some refreshments and a barbecue on sale.
According to Linda Mbekeyani of Global Event Management Limited, the purpose of organising the event was to bring together families that patronise the shopping centre and raise awareness about the country’s biggest shopping mall for both tenants and patrons.
“It was basically a family outing for father, mother and children. Men normally patronise drinking joints, where the family is not complete. We wanted to bring the whole family together in a social environment. Apart from bring families together, we were also promoting the Gateway Mall, which is the largest shopping mall in the country,” said Mbekeyani.
Mbekeyani thanked parents and guardians for coming with their children. “We have been particularly impressed with the large turn-out of children and will be organising more of such events in the coming days,” she said.