By Duncan Mlanjira
After spending over MK14,574,400 that was used to procure personal protective equipment (PPEs) that were donated to various hospitals in Malawi as its private intervention in the fight against COVID-19, Round Table Malawi intends to raise a further MK1,862,500 (approx. US$2,500) in the coming weeks.
This was announced when the charitable organization made a further donation of PPEs to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) on Saturday in response to an urgent SOS call made by the hospital in national newspapers pleading for further PPE assistance.
This was on top of the MK5,101,500 (approx. US$7,000) worth of medical donations for KCH alone from Round Table Malawi since April this year for the fight against COVID-19.
The Saturday PPEs were worth MK1.92 million (approx. US$2,500) and in total Round Table Malawi, with the help of its three clubs — Blantyre 20, Lilongwe 32 and Dwangwa 69 — has since April donated over MK7,553,900 (approx. US$10,200) to various hospitals.
And following the recent surge in positive cases being registered on daily basis, Round Table Malawi says it will not relent as long as donors can be forthcoming and is pushing to raise more funds to make a bigger impact in the fight against COVID-19 with the target of MK1,862,500 in the coming weeks.
According to vice-President, Arno Botha, Round Table Malawi is planning two more donations in Blantyre and Dwangwa.
Arno Botha said they were very eager and grateful that they are in a position to donate further PPEs to KCH.
“This would not have been made possible if this was not for funds
received from donors to assist us as Round Table Malawi to carry out this urgent and timely donation.
We would like to thank all the donors for their generosity and we are glad that we could directly facilitate the funding towards the much needed PPEs” he said.
Botha was joined by Round Table Lilongwe 32 voce-chairman Mickey Sabelli, who received the PPEs which had been procured in Blantyre through the Round Table Malawi Association executives.
KCH staff were very thankful for the donation and pledged to put all the PPEs to good use and they also took cognizance of Round Table’s previous and continued support in the past few months.