The country’s outgoing British High Commissioner Micheal Nevin is playing a big role in in a fund-raising golf tournament to be held at Lilongwe Golf Club on Saturday, June 25.
Announcing this at a news confrence in Lilongwe on Tuesday, the organisers said the proceeds from the tournament, dubbed ‘The Malawi Ryder Cup’, will go towards Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) which is in dire need of medical equipment.
The raised funds will be used to buy X-ray machines, ultra sound scanners and blood chemistry analysers for the hospital.
“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,” the organisers said.
To be played on a four-ball-better-ball (4BBB) format, there will be two teams, Team Malawi tand Team Rest of the World to be captained by Nevin.
The organisers said they plan to make The Malawi Ryder Cup, borrowed from the Ryder Cup competed by the Team USA and Team Europe, an annual event to benefit different noble causes.
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.