The charity golf tournament in which Malawi’s Vice-president Saulos Chilima and the country’s British High Commissioner Michael Nevin took place at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday to raise funds to buy essential medical equipment for Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), managed to raise MK26,730,000.
Various corporate companies sponsored towards the cause and they are Standard Bank, FMB, NBS, FDH, PIL, Metropolitan, Airtel, TNM, Nico Holdings, Toyota Malawi, Ned Bank, National Bank, Old Mutual, UGI, Datacom and Sunbird.
South African Airways donated an air ticket, which was then auctioned after the tournament while MP David Bisnowaty donated a baby incubator.
Cross Roads Hotel provided food for the players while Lab Enterprises donated cash and the floating trophy.
Played on a four-ball-better-ball (4BBB) format, Team Malawi, captained by Chilima, beat Team Rest of the World captained by Nevin with a comfortable 40 points against 36.
The tournament dubbed ‘The Malawi Ryder Cup’, borrowed from the Ryder Cup competed by the Team USA and Team Europe, will become an annual event to benefit different noble causes.
The raised funds will be used to buy X-ray machines, ultra sound scanners and blood chemistry analysers for the hospital.
The organisers said the tournament is an attempt by the golfers and the private sector to compliment government’s efforts of improving health service delivery to the citizenry.
KCH has become a focal point of support from the public.
Two weeks ago, a group of seven young Malawians walked 362kms from Lilongwe to Blantyre to raise MK22 million to buy medical equipment from India for the High Dependency Unit at the hospital.
The seven noble Malawians — Wanangwa Msutu, Duwa Mvula, Milca Mphepo, Tiyanjane Kapalamula, Ruth Gondwe, Ivy Chilingulo and Kalolo Msaka — started off on this venture from Kamuzu Central Hospital on May 30 and successfully reached Blantyre on June 8.
The medical equipment needed from the quote from Worldwide Pharmaceutical Distributors, include one defribilitor, one ECG machine, six infusion pumps, four reusable raryngoscopes, four nebulisers, six oxygen concentrators, six patient monitors, five portable oxygen cylinders, five resuscitation bags and masks, 500 suction catheters and four suction machines.