The 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, start off Saturday, October 1.
They left for Nsanje Friday night to start off their venture. As an example of their serious intention handed over last week a borehole in Mehera Village, Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje District.
The project has Stewart Kambewa and Kwame Kayira as cyclists.
The group is very enthusiastic and plan to make all the sponsors proud.
“Whoever will sponsor us is a true Malawian,” said team leader Kambewa, “We’ll do our best.”
On 17th September, Cycle For Change under the initiative Clean Water Cycle 999, handed over the borehole in Mehera Village, where clean water was hard to come by.
Present on the day were the cyclists, group village headman Mehera, councillor for the area which is in Chambe Ward Benson Bottoman Makwinja and group village headman Mehera. The cost for the borehole is K1. 5 million.
Addressing the gathering during the handover ceremony, Group Village Headman Mehera thanked Cycle For Change for bringing this development to the area.
“What you have done to this area is something we will live to remember always. It is a big problem here to get clean water, ” Mehera said. “We travel long distances to get water. The [drilling] of [the] borehole in this area will ease this problem. We still need more boreholes since there are many villages facing this problem here.”
Dubbed Clean Water Cycle 999, this charity initiative has been cycling for leisure but would now like to engage in social responsibilities to the benefit of the nation.
It is inviting the corporate world and other sympathisers to partner with them 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.
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 :