Call it Central Health Lilongwe and Districts Netball League. Wednesday, February 17, 2016 was a historic day for the Lilongwe and Districts Netball League (LDNL) as Central Health- The Women’s Clinic officially unveiled the K2.5 million sponsorship for the league.
For close to five years, LDNL has been running without any sponsor but the gods have finally smiled on the league with the coming in of Central Health- The Women’s Clinic, a privately owned health clinic operating from Area 47 Sector 4 in Lilongwe.
Unveiling the sponsorship during a press briefing held at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in Lilongwe, the clinic’s social responsibility and sponsorship manager Simon Sichone said the health firm was looking forward to a long-term partnership with the league.
“When we received a sponsorship proposal from the women, we did not hesitate to give it the seal of approval considering that we are specialised in women and children issues. Apart from the general medical services that we provide, we are encouraging women to go for cervical cancer screening and netball will be a better platform to reach out to more women.
“We are also aware that netball is the sport that has put Malawi on the world map but has been lacking adequate support from the corporate world. We want to make a positive contribution towards the development of netball by empowering teams from Lilongwe, which have been playing second fiddle to their Blantyre based counter-parts.
“We want to see teams from central region winning national silver wear and more players from this region making it to the national team to increase competition,” said Sichone, who was flanked by the clinic’s medical director Dr Victor Madhlopa and marketing manager Temwa Mayuni-Mhone.
Chairperson for LDNL Charity Malanga and her Central Region Netball Committee counterpart Fanwell Katengeza hailed Central Health for coming to the league’s rescue.
“Our teams have been playing just for the love of the sport and the coming of Central Health is a big motivation for the players. We will jealously guard this sponsorship and be professional in the administration of the league’s affairs,” said Malanga.
Katengeza attributed the dismal performance of central region teams against their southern region counterparts to the absence of such sponsorships and expressed hope that the status quo would improve with the coming in of Central Health.
The LDNL also unveiled Queens and Blue Eagles centre Takondwa Lwazi as ambassador for the Central Health Lilongwe and Districts Netball League.
Central Health, which operates for 24 hours was established in 2007. Services offered at the clinic include cervical cancer screening, pap smear, vaccine and general medical services for both adults and children.
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