Standard Bank aids Malawi Special Olympics

Ahead of hosting the K28 million Standard Bank Knock-out Cup final involving Silver Strikers and Azam Tigers, Standard Bank Limited have taken another big social responsibility, donating sports equipment worth K1 million to Special Olympics Malawi.

Simwaka presents the equip to Mazunda, Pix Alex Mwazalumo
Simwaka presents the equip to Mazunda, Pix Alex Mwazalumo
Special Olympic athletes following the proceedings
Special Olympic athletes following the proceedings
Tigers' player and ex-Flames' capt James Sangala addressing the athletes
Tigers’ player and ex-Flames’ capt James Sangala addressing the athletes

The donation was made Friday, August 29, 2014 at Kamuzu Institute of Sports, where Special Olympics was hosting a national event aimed at identifying athletes to represent Malawi at the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games slated for Los Angeles in the United States.

Speaking to journalists after handing over the equipment, Standard Bank’s Chief Finance Officer Temwani Simwaka said it was the bank’s wish to support other groups that will not be part of Saturday’s final at Civo Stadium in Lilongwe.

“As we host the final involving the elite at Civo Stadium, we realized there are other groups that love and enjoy their sport but won’t be part of the final tomorrow. Our aim is to help the youth realize their dreams and full potential,” said Simwaka.

Special Olympics Malawi board chairman Peter Mazunda was all thanks to Standard Bank for the equipment, which he said would be distributed to the organization’s training centres across Malawi.

“We have centres in 12 districts where youths train all-year-round and this equipment will
go a long way in improving the skills of athletes with intellectual disabilities,” he said.

The equipment, which was handed over in the presence of officials from Football Association of Malawi and representatives from Silver Strikers and Azam Tigers includes: footballs, whistles, medals, ribbons, setters, triangles and Knock-out T-shirts.

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