Shankers, a grouping of golfers from Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) on New Year’s Day cheered young inmates at Kachere Juvenile Centre in Lilongwe, presenting them with assorted items worth over K330,000.
Kachere Juvenile Centre looks after young people aged between 15 and 21, who have been convicted of various offences or are awaiting trial.
As of January 1, 2017, the centre had registered a total of 218 inmates, who all benefited from the Shankers’ gesture.
Amongst the gifts that were presented to the inmates included 80 loaves of bread, 22 bottles of Sobo, 15 cartons of soap containing 1,100 tablets in total, two sugar bales, 10Kg salt, 25 litres of cooking oil, 40Kg beef and 50Kg rice.
Captain of the Shankers Shephered Shephered Tembo and his publicity secretary Felisah Rose Kilembe said after donating the items the golfers decided to celebrate the New Year with the juveniles knowing as other youths were celebrating with their families.
“There are youths out there, who are celebrating the New Year with their families but these youths have not had the opportunity to be with their parents and relatives on this important day. We want them to have a feeling that they are not neglected by society and realise that their being put here is not necessarily for punishment but to help them reform and be useful citizens,” said Kilembe, who is a lawyer by profession.
Kilembe said, the grouping, which registered itself as a trust was planning to put in place some permanent charities such as education scholarships for students.
Discipline officer for Kachere Juvenile Centre Alpeous Chirwa, who is the third in command at the centre hailed the Shankers for considering the young offenders on New Year’s Day.
“We really appreciate the good gesture by the Shankers. Very few people think about people, who have been in conflict with the law because they look at such people as outcasts. The youths here lack a lot of things and the centre could not have managed to do this for them on New Year. We hope other well-wishers will emulate the kind gesture by the Shankers,” said Chirwa.