Blantyre Press Club, a grouping of journalists from the Southern Region, on Saturday gave veteran journalist Steve Bombeya fondly called malume (uncle) K200 000 for the purchase of an artificial limb.
Bombeya’s leg was amputated last year following a diabetic condition.
The journalists, through an initiative called Malume Must Walk Again, raised funds to help Bombeya to buy an artificial limb.
In an interview, chairperson of the committee established to raise funds, Rhodes Msonkho, said moved by the veteran journalist’s condition, the club raised the money to bring his life back to normal.
“Malume has been our mentor and he has inspired us in many ways. We want him to get back on his feet, walk and conduct his daily duties like before,” he said.
Msonkho called on other well-wishers to come in with more assistance, adding that in his current condition, Bombeya is almost incapacitated and has limited sources of income.
Receiving the donation, Bombeya said he was delighted with the gesture.
“I am lost for words to see you people here today. I feel loved and cared for, please keep this up. I needed K150 000 for the artificial leg. But there is so much that is needed to support my life. ” he said.
Bombeya, who had his leg amputated in May 2017, urged fellow journalists to observe health living.
Bombeya worked for Nation Publication Limited (NPL) for 15 years before joining Times Group on part-time. n