Malawi’s popular mount Mulanje porter’s race set for July 11: Partners’ Save the Children and Mibawa

Mount Mulanje porters Race one of Malaawi’s most challenging extreme sporting events is set for July 11 starting at Likhubula Valley, right at the foot of the mountain to Chambe Plateau about 2,500m above sea level then proceed to Lichenya and back to Likhubula.

Malawi's very own extreme running event
Malawi’s very own extreme running event

Briefing reporyters on Friday at Palm Valley Lodge in Thyolo, Tourism Association Mount Mulanje Coordinator, Andrew Adkins, the year’s event will be unique as they have been partnered with Save the children.

Tourism Association Mount Mulanje, who are the organizers have also partnered with Mibawa who will produce entertainment from music and food.

Adkins said the combination of sport, music will make 11th July the weekend to head to Mulanje and enjoy all that the mountain has to offer.

He also said, the race will attract 300 runners from the country and other countries like United State of America, England, and Switzerland Mozambique.

Save the Children Senior Advocacy and Communications Manager, Elvis Sukali said they are happy to partner with the 2015 Mount Mulanje Porters Race.

He said this national moment is a platform to champion issues of child survival to the people of Mulanje and the national as a whole.

Sukali said through their global Every One Campaign, Save the Children Country Offices around the globe commemorate the race for survival, an annual campaign moment that provides space for children to speak with one voice about the challenges that they face as they are growing up and call upon all stakeholders to address these challenges.

He said in Malawi, the Race for Survival will this year be commemorated alongside the Mount Mulanje Porters Race.

During the event, children from primary schools around Likhubula in Mulanje will compete in a relay race after contestants in the Mount Mulanje Porters Race have set off.

They will also mount performances such as traditional dances and poem recitals that will focus on child survival issue.

Sukali also said the Race for Survival is one such platform where children speak for themselves and participate in a race that symbolizes that growing up should not be a Race for Survival.

“We are excited to partner with the Mount Mulanje porters Race for the Race for Survival 2015 because this is a national platform with international outreach. This is important to us because issue of child survival deserve national attention,” he said.

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