Airtel Malawi has once again come to the rescue of Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) with a K14.4 million donation towards the Malawi Queens’ participation at the Fast5 World Series scheduled for Melbourne, Australia from October 29.
A couple of months ago, Airtel also donated K10 million to the Junior Queens to enable the team to take part at the Under-17 Netball World Youth Cup qualifiers in Bostwana.
Airtel Money country director Francis Matseketsa handed over the cheque at a function that took place at Airtel Complex in Lilongwe on Wednesday.
He said Airtel is committed to seeing the Queens soar on the global stage; hence, the assistance.
“We are proud to be associated with the Queens as they have always been successful on the world stage. The bond has grown stronger. It has been three years since we started this partnership with the Queens and we have not regretted,” said Matseketsa.
He wished the Queens success at the games in Australia.
Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development director of sports James Ndalama expressed gratitude to Airtel Malawi for continued investment in the Queens.
“The impact [of the sponsorship] has been huge, and as government, we are appreciative. You have done a lot to promote of the Queens,” he said.
NAM president Rosy Chinunda also thanked Airtel Malawi for the donation.
“You [Airtel] have always been there for us and we are not taking this for granted. We promise to do much better this time just to repay you for the faith in the girls,” she said.
Six teams—Malawi, Australia, England, Jamaica, New Zealand and South Africa—will take part in the series. n