Ahead of the E-Wallet Talent Show official launch at Capital Hotel this weekend, the contestants will on Friday take their time to donate assorted items to the needy in Lilongwe.
According to E-Wallet organising chairperson Felix Njawala, who is also Member of Parliament for Blantyre Kabula Constituency, the beneficiaries are yet to be identified as votes from the general public will determine where the donations should be made.
“As we prepare for the big night on Saturday, we thought we should engage the contestants to distribute the items as a way of imparting the spirit of sharing in the youth,” he told Nyasa Times.
The legislature disclosed: “We requested the public to help us through sending SMS’ to 0888300200 and tell us their choice of beneficiaries, and the SMS line is still open.”
Asked why they chose to involve the general public through text messaging, Njawala indicated that, apart from identifying beneficiaries, they also want to build a wider database for future use.
“We know just one or two but we thought if we get details from the public, we can identify areas with great need. Mostly we visit the very same places ignoring some which may have more needs than the ones we do,” he said.
The initiative is being implemented with assistance from different organizations including PSI, and some of the items to be donated include mosquito nets, sugar, soap and salt.
The rebranded E-Wallet Talent Show, Malawian version of Britain’s Got Talent which previously was Pop Idols, will see 26 contestants, drawn across Malawi, competing for a prize, which will be announced during the launch.
The event will see all the contestants performing one song each musician and one act each dance group.
Also scheduled to entertain patrons will be the group Fikisa of the ‘Akamwile’ fame.