Close to K2.5 million has been raised from the Rotary Club of Lilongwe (RCL) Charity Bed Race held on October 31, 2015 at Area 18 War Memorial Tower in Lilongwe, the club has announced.
RCL organised the bed race competition in the capital city to raise funds for repairing beds at Kamuzu Central Hospital and other hospitals/health centres in and around Lilongwe.
According to chairman of RCL fundraising committee William Chimpeni, the club has so far raised about K2.5 million from the charity event but is expecting the amount to increase to K3 million once all sponsors have fulfilled their pledges.
Nine teams- Rainbow Paint, Paramount Holdings, First Merchant Bank, National Bank, Premium Tama, G4S, Masm, Crossroads and Brymsons took part in the annual event, which attracted registration fees of K150,000 per team.
Rainbow Paints were overall winners of the event for a second year running and received K100,000 and a trophy. Their runners-up were Paramount Holdings, who received K75,000 and a trophy. National Bank walked away with K50,000 and a trophy for finishing third.
Premium Tama and Crossroads sponsored team Rotaract received trophies for winning heat one and heat two respectively. The award for the best decorated bed went to Paramount Holdings.
RCL has been organising the event every year to raise funds for repairing hospital beds at KCH and other hospitals in Lilongwe and this was the ninth year the club was organising the event.
RCL president Chris Kapenda has hailed all the participating teams for contributing to the good welfare of patients in hospitals. The president has also thanked Bowler Beverages for providing free water (Aqua Pure Water) during the event.
“Those that participated or provided sponsorship have contributed to the welfare of patients at Kamuzu Central and the other hospitals, where we are going to repair damaged beds. On behalf of Rotary Club of Lilongwe, I thank all the companies, organisations and individuals that supported us and hope they will be there again during next year’s event,” said Kapenda.