St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation donates MK1.3m to former school

The St Patrick’s Seminary Foundation, a grouping of alumni from St Patrick’s Seminary, has donated MK1.3m towards different activities at the school situated in the northern district of Rumphi.

The donation was made by the grouping through their Board Chairperson, Dr Mark Lungu and the National Coordinator, Dr. Francis Chinjoka Gondwe during this year’s delayed celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

Speaking after the donation to the school, the Bishop of Mzuzu Diocese, Joseph Mkasa Zuza thanked the members of the Foundation for their timely donation.

Cheke Ziba: Giving back to our alma mater.
Cheke Ziba: Giving back to our alma mater.

“We thank you very much for the donation. We know we wanted you to be priests but since you did not choose that path, we are grateful that you chose to be committed Christians of the Catholic faith and this donation is enough proof of your commitment to your former school and the Church as whole,” Zuza said.

Speaking to the media after the donation, Publicity Secretary for the Foundation, Isaac Cheke Ziba,  said that the grouping is in an overdrive to raise funds and other resources for St Patrick’s Seminary.

“The seminary needs our support. We have done several activities to raise funds and other resources to help ease the resource pressures that the school is going through.

“We plan to go into an over-drive as regards fundraising so that we continue to help our former school because we are what we are today because of St Patrick’s Seminary,” said Cheke Ziba.

While acknowledging the donation, the Rector of the Seminary, Fr. Daniel Kamanga, was all praises for the alumni and wished the grouping the best in their future endevours.

“Be assured of our constant prayers and best wishes; remember that a gift acts like a talisman for him who gives it, he prospers whichever way he turns,” said Fr. Kamanga.

The day was also dotted with different activities between the former students and the current ones. The activities included prayers, sports, drama and meetings.

As part of their corporate social responsibility, the grouping also went to cheer the sick at Rumphi District Hospital. They visited the children’s ward where they donated assorted items including soap, sugar and other items to the tune of MK100, 000.00

Speaking after cheering the children at the hospital, the Publicity Secretary for the Foundation said that the gesture was part and parcel of their corporate social responsibility.

“Since we operate on a motto of it’s better to give than to receive, this year we thought that it would be good to cheer the sick at Rumphi District Hospital, the district where our former school is situated. And you know, it is not the first time we have done this, we also mobilized wheel chairs and we donated them to St Magdalene School of Children with Disabilities just a few meters away from where St. Patrick’s Seminary is situated,” said Cheke ZIba.

St. Patrick’s Seminary Foundation was founded in 2008 and since then the grouping has made contributions in excess of MK8m to their former school.

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