Former president Joyce Banda on Sunday afternoon made a brief appearance at the Ndirande Anglican Voices Zimandikwanira CD launch and fundraising show for the 2014 Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Day Fun Run at Robin’s Park where she donated K500 000 (US$1 214) for the Fun Run.
Apart from the cash, Banda, who came third in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, also donated 100 bags of maize, blankets and bales of sugar.
“I came here because I enjoy Ndirande Anglican Voices’ music. I feel blessed when I listen to their music and our relationship has been mutual both in times of happiness and pain. Because they told me that they will be donating to Mangochi Hospital, I have decided to support them with some materials,” said Banda.
The show, which attracted a sizeable audience, also featured performances by gospel artists such as Thocco Katimba and Ethel Kamwendo Banda and, in launching the CD, Ndirande Anglican Voices could not afford to derail the momentum already set, but to throw into the dancefloor the few that were still in their seats with their popular hit Alleluyah.
Another hit that thrilled the patrons was Ndikumva Kukoma.
Ndirande Anglican Voices leader Denis Kalimbe said the ex-president’s donation is a boost to their mission and said they sit down to look at how much to contribute to the Mother’s Day Fun Run.
On turnout, he said it was impressive considering that it was a mid month show.
After the Blantyre launch which was second after Lilongwe, the group head North in October according to Kalimbe.