Malawian women fundraise to revive volleyball

A group of women have taken an extra mile by raising funds in order to hold a special tournament scheduled for this weekend, June 3-4 at College of Medicine in Blantyre.
Chairperson of the organising commitee, Fannie Nyirenda, who plays for Kamuzu Barracks ladies team from the Central Region, said they want to show to the sports family that ladies volleyball still exist.
“And we to encourage more ladies to join so that together we can uplift the sport in standards and making it more competitive so that in the near future we may be able to participate in international competitions,” Nyirenda said.
“We budgeted to raise MK1 million for this tournament but we have managed to raise about MK700,000. We are looking forward to having more sponsors.”
She said so far they plan to hand out a trophy, gold medals and MK200,000 to the winners, silver medals and MK150,000 to runners-up, bronze medals and MK100,000 for third place and MK60,000 for 4th place.
“We intended to give out MK400,000 for the champions but the prizes were affected by the amount we raised,” she said.
“But all in all we are so grateful to those who have contributed so that this event be a memorable one. We plan to have at least three times of such events in all the regions and for this to happen we need sponsorship.”
She said teams from the North are Moyale and Katoto Queens, from the Centre, Kamuzu Barracks, Blue Eagles, Snippers and Natural Resources College while the South has Gemz, Catholic University, Hella Girls and Blantyre Smashers.
“These are just a few of the teams who qualified. Otherwise we have more ladies teams but others due to logistics have failed to make it to Blantyre especially teams from North,” Kumwenda said.
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