The St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation, a grouping of alumni from St. Patrick’s Seminary in Rumphi District, donated sports uniform to the football team at the seminary. The ceremony for the donation took place on Saturday, 27th September.
At the same ceremony, the Foundation also donated 150 plates to the students’ body for their use when having meals.
Speaking at the event, Rev. Fr. Dan Kamanga, the Rector, equivalent of Headmaster, for St Patrick’s Seminary said that they were forever grateful to the Foundation for the different donations that the Foundation keeps pouring unto the seminary.
“We are lost for words of appreciation to the Foundation. You are good products of this school, you are good Christians and you are good citizens, continue to do good” he said.
He added “if more and more Christians were able to do this, Malawi would become a much better country.”
In his comments the Board Member for the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Francis Chilore Gondwe, reiterated the fact that the Foundation will do all it can to make life better for the students at the seminary.
“We know this is a nursery for the priestly vocation and we want to contribute to making the environment conducive for learning and for nurturing future priests” he said.
Commenting after the event, the Publicity Secretary and Deputy Secretary General for the Foundation, Isaac Cheke Ziba reinforced the message that Foundation members are what they are because of what St. Patrick’s Seminary did to them in the years the were students there.
“We are what we are because of St Patrick’s Seminary” Ziba said.
He added “we feel obliged to offer any little help to make the learning environment much more enjoyable for students going through St. Patrick’s Seminary.”
In a related development, the Foundation in June this year, donated MK2.1 million for different projects at the Seminary.
To this effect, the Seminary has enhanced its pig rearing endevour, poultry farming, horticulture and they have managed to construct three fish ponds. The fish ponds have already been stocked with 3000 fingerlings.
Commenting on this, Ziba, applauded the Seminary for putting the help they get from different sources, including the Foundation, to good use.
“It is relieving to see the seminary making strides on the path of self-sustenance. When we try to contribute to the seminary, we have a legitimate expectation that the contributions will be put to good use and fish ponds here at the seminary, the expanding pig stye, the sterling work being done in the vegetable garden and the poultry farming happening here speak volumes of how prudent the seminary is in using the help they get. We commend the Rector and his staff greatly for this. It is our hope that they will continue on this path and get rid of some of the obvious challenges that the seminary faces” Ziba concluded.
St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation was founded about 8 years ago and it has grown from strength to strength.
Their aim is to make sure that the Seminary sustains itself in its operations without relying heavily on external support. The Foundation, just like the Seminary, operates on the motto “it’s better to give than to receive.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :