The four Malawian cyclists, who plan to cycle 1,755kms from Nsanje to Chitipa and back to Blantyre for charity to raise funds to drill one borehole each in nine villages in nine districts, target to raise MK15.5 million.
Dubbed Clean Water Cycle 999, this is charity initiative that has been organised by Cycle For Change — a team of cyclists who have planned to cycle the length of Malawi from Nsanje to Chitipa in 10 days from October 1-10, 2016 and back from Mzuzu to Blantyre in five days from October 13-17.
In a statement, the group, which has been cycling for leisure but would now like to engage in social responsibilities to the benefit of the nation, is inviting the corporate world and other sympathisers to partner with Cycle For Change for sponsorship support that can either be direct — through monetary, or materially — or indirect through what they have termed as ‘Adopt a Borehole’ initiative or any other means that sponsors find it possible and best to support the cause.
“Such support will therefore leave a lasting memory and mark in the lives and communities in targeted areas,” the group says.
“One borehole costs approximately MK1.5 million. This translates to an estimated MK13.5 million for the nine boreholes. Besides, there will also be a need for an additional MK1.974 million to cater for all the other incidental costs for the activity. In total, we need MK15.5 for the whole initiative.”
They have targeted to drill the boreholes in Nsanje, Mulanje, Balaka, Dedza, Salima, Dowa, Nkhata Bay, Mzimba and Chitipa and for a start, Cycle For Change has funded the first borehole project which will be drilled in Mehera Village, Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje District.
“This village has over 350 people but access to clean water is a big problem. This borehole will be completed and launched mid-September before starting off to Chitipa.
“Water is a great foundation of life, but clean water is life. In many parts of our country, especially rural areas, finding a reliable source of clean water is often time-consuming and expensive. In some places, it is simply dry.
“In others, this most critical need is literally only a few feet below ground waiting to sustain life. Many people spend their entire day at times walking long distances searching for clean water.
“Time lost gathering water and suffering from water-borne diseases is limiting people’s true potential, especially women and girls. Education is lost to sickness, so are the other contributors to the country’s social and economic development,” the group says in its appeal.
The group comprises Stewart Kambewa as team leader and cyclist together with Kwame Kayira, John Moyenda as treasurer and road manager and Arthur Madzedze as spokesperson.
They say those interested to support financially can do so through bank account name of Cycle for Change at FMB Blantyre Branch savings account number 0003502001333, or Airtel Money: 0997 111 444 and TNM Mpamba: 0888 354 285.
Once they start off, they will be updating their activity through their Facebook page cycleforchangemalawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :