The 2021 edition of Bankers Sports Day will be held on September 25 at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex in Blantyre to raise funds for the purchase of desks at Nkope Primary School in Mangochi.
During a press briefing in Blantyre yesterday, Bankers Association of Malawi (BAM) chief executive officer (CEO) Lyness Nkungula said they are targeting to raise K31 million through the event which will be graced by Vice-President Saulos Chilima as guest of honour.
However, she said they have left out most individual sporting activities from this year’s event due to Covid-19, leaving football, netball, basketball, volleyball, cycling and charity golf as the available disciplines.
“The 2021 edition comes with an emphasis on charity. We would like to raise enough money to buy desks for Nkope School in Mangochi,” Nkungula said.
“This is why, despite being exclusive to bankers, the sports day has been opened up to other organisations. Companies that would like to take part in the charity golf or cycling are welcome.”
She said that the event is also a reminder to the banking community that they need to take good care of their bodies.
Knungula said: “We should not forget the old adage that says ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.
“Sport is crucial to the growth and development of our bodies. Through participation in sporting activities, we continue to gain various skills, experience and confidence; things that are helpful in developing one’s personality.”
“It is also an opportunity for bosses and junior employees to come together and interact in a special way. We live in a busy society where we can go for days without talking to a colleague but, through team work on the ground, interaction is very rapid.”
The sports festival’s organising committee chairperson Tiyese Kaimila said preparations for the event are currently at 95 percent.
The annual Bankers Sports Day started in 2014 and cycling has been incorporated in the event for the first time.