Queen honours Malawi’s Nyasa with with Commonwealth Award

A 23 year old Malawian physiotherapist Charles Nyasa,  the  driving force behind an exciting movement to get more disabled Malawians to play sports, has received special recognition from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth of Britain with  the Commonwealth Point of Light Award.

Charles Nyasa gets his Commonwealth Award, a certificate signed by Her Majesty the Queen

It had to take Her Majesty The Queen to recognise a Malawian, Charles Nyasa, with the 60th Commonwealth Points of Light Award in honour of his exceptional voluntary service promoting sports participation amongst disabled people in Malawi
Charles Nyasa promotes  sports participation amongst disabled people

The award has been created to recognise outstanding volunteers that have delivered a significant impact on the lives of others and for creating innovative approaches to social challenges.

Nyasa successfully staged Malawi’s first wheelchair basketball tournament and as a physiotherapist, he supports a local elderly community.

Receiving the news, former Malawi national team basketball player, Mervin Kadewere who works for TNM in Mzuzu, said Nyasa deserves the accolade and the respect he has received is for all basket ball fans in Malawi and the Malawi nation as a whole.

“Most of the times people with disabilities are left out when planning for sporting events. Against all odds, Charles Nyasa and his colleagues introduced wheel chair basket ball in Malawi. He is a true patriot and deserves the accolade,” said Kadewere.

Nyasa  volunteers at the ‘Blantyre Wheelchair Basketball Club’ where he arranges training sessions and basketball clinics conducted by experienced instructors alongside the daily running of the club.

He also uses his expertise as a physiotherapist to support the local elderly community at the ‘Karibu Clinic’, establishing a dedicated physiotherapy department where he provides free healthcare to 30 elderly patients a day.

As part of the legacy of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London 2018, Her Majesty The Queen – as Head of the Commonwealth – is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 53 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond, by recognising one volunteer from each Commonwealth country each week in the two years following the summit.

Nyasa has received  a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen.

The award for Charles Nyasa was presented on Tuesday 10 July at the Blantyre Youth Centre by Interim Country Director for DFID to Malawi, Chris Austin.

Nyasa said: “I am very excited to receive the Points of Light Award from Her Majesty The Queen, as this will help raise awareness on the need for societies to accept people with disability, not as objects of pity but as part of human diversity, with similar needs just like everyone else.

“It is my hope that this award will be a beacon that attracts partners to help us acquire disability-friendly sporting facilities in order to secure the future for continued sport participation for people with disability in Malawian communities.”

Presenting the POL award on behalf of the British High Commissioner, DFID’s Interim Country Director, Chris Austin, said: “People with disabilities around the world continue to face appalling levels of stigma, discrimination and abuse, and all too often miss out on the opportunities that are the right of every person.

“So, I am really pleased that there are many inspirational young people in Malawi and the Commonwealth such as Charles who are complementing governments’ efforts—like UK’s hosting of the Global Disability Summit in a week’s time—to transform the lives of people with disabilities and getting such an important recognition from Her Majesty The Queen in the process.”


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Truth pains
Truth pains
4 years ago

Pathfinder, the two are not the same and iam not making any argument it’s just an elightenment that’s why I said next time use persons with disabilities instead of disabled people.

But I respect your opinion

Therapeutics Malawi
4 years ago

We at Therapeutics Malawi take a great delight in this award. We celebrate with you Mr Nyasa. Persons living with disabilities are not tools for charity but partners in development.

We wish you well and continued success

4 years ago

i agree with your point, lets support these disabled with more development resources not ma 2 kwacha mu ma street mwathumu, but let us teach them to catch a fish with their own hands.

Truth pains
Truth pains
4 years ago

Please next time use persons with disabilities rather than disabled people

4 years ago
Reply to  Truth pains

kkkkkkkkkkkk you’re so stupid truth! so you don’t see its the same thing? no wonder most of your comments are of the chimbuzi chokumba komanso chodzadza. you are the most shallow minded of them all.

4 years ago
Reply to  pathfinder

So you dont know that there is a difference between the two?

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