Members of the People’s Party (PP) Orange Partners and Young Patriots visited Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) Pediatric Ward and other wards on Friday and donated assorted items.
The members, collectively referred to as the Orange Movement, undertook the visit to give some of the patients, particularly children, at the largest referral hospital in Malawi “an early Christmas Gift”.
The group donated 230 hampers containing assorted items such as a packet of sugar, 5KG of nutritious Likuni Phala and two tablets of soap. At Pediatric Ward alone, 76 children benefited from the initiative, out of 230 beneficiaries from a total of five wards, which also included the Child Special Care Ward.
According to Lemani Chapitapansi, who is PP’s Director of Youth in the Southern Province, the gesture was in line with the objectives of the Orange Partners and Young Patriots, which are to serve the needy, the underprivileged and other vulnerable groups.
Chapitapansi said the members draw lessons from the PP leader Joyce Banda, who is also the State Vice President, whom he said has been involved in charity work since 20 years ago, particularly uplifting lives of women and children in rural communities.
“We the youth of PP are different from the youths in other parties; we refuse to be used as agents of political violence but we promote love, peace, unity and harmony among the people of various political, tribal and religious extractions. We help the needy to live a normal life,” the youth director said.
Speaking on behalf of the child beneficiaries, Mai Kanduna at the Pediatric Ward and Mai Mambala at the Child Special Care Ward thanked the Orange Partners and Young Patriots for the generous gesture.
“May God bless you abundantly; these kids face a lot of problems particularly the shortage of food and this timely donation will indeed serve as an early Christmas Gift. May you convey our heartfelt appreciations to Madam Vice President Joyce Banda for instilling in you a sense of giving,” Mai Kanduna said.