An upmarket entertainment club in Lilongwe, Cockpit, on Sunday pumped K650 000 into musician Patience Namadingo’s fundraising initiative for the Children’s Cancer Ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.
Out of the figure, K300 000 was donated by Cockpit management, K250 000 was from entry fees for patrons who had come to watch Namadingo and K100 000 came from former aide to President Peter Mutharika, Ben Phiri.
“I am grateful to Cockpit management for taking interest in the cause we are advocating. This is a noble cause and the response is overwhelming. We are really indebted to all people and organisations that have contributed towards this campaign,” said Namadingo.
Cockpit director Martin Nkasala said they were touched with Namadingo’s campaign, hence the effort to contribute something.
“Though we are a business entity, we also feel we have a role to play in alleviating some of the social challenges facing our country. When we heard about Namadingo’scause, we were touched and decided to do something about it,” said Nkasala.
On his part, Phiri said no child should die because of cancer and any other diseases.
“I felt very impressed when I heard about the campaign advocated by Namadingo and decided to assist. We need to give our children good health. It is a collective effort and I am pleased to have contributed something,” he said. n