TNM Super League champions Nyasa Big Bullets on Friday donated medical equipment worth K3.5 million to Mulanje District Hospital.
The donation is an initiative of Super League sponsors TNM plc in which the champions get K3.5 million to be used for charity.
Nyasa Big Bullets administrator Albert Chigoga said they decided to donate to the hospital because Mulanje Stadium provided them with a venue when their base Kamuzu Stadium was closed for renovations.
“We have millions of supporters in this country. Some of them are in Mulanje and get medical service from this hospital. There are a lot of challenges that the hospital faces and we hope the donation will help in these areas,” he said.
Among the items donated included, oxygen concretrator, maternity wing adjustable beds, gloves and boots.
Senior clinical officer Martin Malunga, who represented Mulanje district health officer, applauded Bullets and TNM for the donation, adding that this would help alleviate some problems of the hospital.
Senior Chief Mabuka thanked Bullets for donating to the hospital which is in his area.
“You could have picked any hospital in the country. But you decided to donate to a hospital in my area,” he said.
TNM head of marketing Sobhuza Ngwenya said the donation fulfils TNM’s tradition of partnering Super League champions in corporate social responsibility activities.
“As per tradition every year, TNM in partnership with Super League champions engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR). The activity is undertaken prior to the end of season awards to connect elite league teams and players with local communities,” he said.
Ngwenya said the donation is in line with TNM values of empowering Malawians through football while creating a safe dwelling place.
“Football has the power to connect, uplift people and change lives for the better. Against that background TNM plc continues to partner Super League clubs in corporate social responsibility undertakings aimed at touching the lives of people in need as is the case today for Mulanje Hospital,” he said.
Last year, under the same initiative, 2017 champions Be Forward Wanderers donated assorted education materials to Mwanje Primary School in Balaka.
Institutions that have benefitted from a similar initiative include Holy Family Mission Hospital in Phalombe, Zomba Central Hospital and Dowa District Hospital. n