Malawi Association UK (MAUK) an umbrella body for all Diaspora Malawians and friends of Malawi in the UK have raised over £7,000. 00, approximately MK5 million in hard cash, for floods victims in Malawi for relief and recovery through a fundraiser event and online donations.
MAUK in association with Malawi High Commission in London and regional associations organised a fundraiser in Nottingham a fortnight ago through Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham (NDN) where Malawians joined hands and generously gave donations amounting to £1,696.00 and another £1,360. 00 was raised through online donations respectively.
According to Malawi Association UK Treasure General, Gertrude Banda the money raised totalled to £3,551. 00 and for every pound raised was doubled by the British government through a Scottish non-denominational Christian non-governmental Organisation currently working in Malawi, Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society (EMMS) International.
“We are very grateful for the generosity Malawians, organisations and friends of Malawi have shown us through this period. The support has been overwhelming and people are still making the donations handsomely,” said Banda.
Banda thanked the Malawian High Commissioner to the UK Bernard Sande and his staff for their unwavering support and dogged commitment and by providing guidance throughout .
She also thanked “everybody who donated their money, material and time in this cause.”
‘No help is small’
Addressing the people convened in Nottingham fundraiser event, Sande said no help is small to people who desperately need it.
“No help is small. Every little helps. Small help is enough when someone gives it to someone in need. It doesn’t matter how much or how little we give to those in need, what matters most is the spirit behind the giving,” said Sande.
The Malawian emissary thanked EMMS international for the support and commitment and expressed gratitude to Malawi Association UK for taking a leading role in fundraising for relief and recovery for the Malawi flood victims.
“The Malawi government appreciates your efforts in complimenting its efforts. Malawians must support each other in times of need and this is exactly how we should do things,” he said.
MAUK chairperson Martin Guga thanked everybody for the timely support and appealed to all Malawians in the UK, the business community and friends of Malawi for a continued support saying Malawi Association UK thrives on their support.
Malawi Association UK Patron Jane Hampton said she was “pleased that Malawians are leading the way in mobilising funds and materials for relief for the needy in Malawi particularly with those affected by the floods”.
Air Malawi Cargo through its UK country director Steve Msamala donated £200 cheque towards the cause while a Malawian of Asian originwho opted for anonymity also donated £200 and DPP UK wing made a cash donation of £100.00.
Kathy Ratcliff of EMMS International said the money that Malawi Association raised will be doubled by the British government and will go straight to the flood victims in Malawi.
“Since 1992, the EMMS has been fundraising through bike rides in various countries in the world. We have projects in Mulanje and Enukwenu in Mzimba district. We will continue to support the people of Malawi,” said Ratcliff.
The EMMS International, whose mission is to provide medical aid throughout the world including Malawi, began its mission to Malawi with the passage of one of its students Neil MacVicar, to set up the Blantyre Mission in 1885.
Nyasa Daughters of Nottingham Secretary Brenda Malinki-Iyoha expressed contentment at the way the event went on, saying “We are obliged to MAUK for entrusting us with this responsibility. “Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :