All is set for this year’s Mother’s Day Fun Run scheduled for Mangochi Boma tomorrow.
The Fun Run, a Nation Publications Limited’s (NPL) corporate social responsibility initiative, raises funds for the purchase of medical equipment for maternity wings of public hospitals in the country.
This year’s event will raise funds for Mangochi District Hospital and its satellite health centres.
In an interview yesterday, project coordinator Herbert Chagunda said most of the critical items for the district hospital and surrounding health facilities have already been procured.
“We are, however, asking for other well-wishers to come in because we are yet to purchase some medical equipment,” he said.
Some of the items that have already been procured include oxygen concentrators, delivery sets, suturing sets, baby weighing scales and adult weighing scales.
“We are very grateful to well-wishers and organisations that have supported this year’s Mother’s Day Fun Run,” said Chagunda.
During the Fun Run—NPL employees, representatives from partner organisations and other well-wishers led by NPL chief executive officer Mbumba Banda, Parliamentary Health Committee chairperson Juliana Lunguzi, UNFPA and Unicef country representatives—will brave a two-kilometre distance from Ayiche Wosope (which is close to a mini-forest as we approach Mangochi Boma) to the district commissioner’s (DC) office.
The Fun Run will also be spiced up with traditional dances, drama and an open air concert by Mibawa Band.
Since its inception in 2005, the project has raised over K80 million for nine public hospitals across the country. n