The Story Workshop Education Trust executive director Kent Mphepo is today expected to run from Zomba to Blantyre to raise funds for Mother’s Fun Run (MFR).
Four Blantyre-based journalists will join Mphepo through the 64-kilometre stretch from Gymkhana Club in the old capital to Hotel Victoria in Blantyre. They include Nation Publications Limited (NPL)’s Dexter Kaunda, Archibald Kasakura and Jonathan Pasungwi as well as Josephine Phumisa of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC).
In an interview ahead of the run, Mphepo said: “For the past 25 years, people have generally focused on what government should do for them. We need to put aside our differences when it comes to saving life. The NPL Mothers Fun Run is one of the best things to have happened in the country. Everyone should be supporting it.”
On her part, Phumisa, the only female in the group, said she has experienced enough in life to take part in the Zomba-Blantyre challenge.
“Being a journalist and a mother has taught me so much as regards health service delivery in the country. I believe the media [industry] is one and we each can do something about our country.”
MFR is an NPL project that mobilises medical supplies and equipment to support maternal health in health facilities.
The project is this year raising funds for Ntchisi District Hospital where 162 babies and 12 mothers die annually due to poor maternal and neonatal health standards.
NPL will hand over all donations to Ntchisi District Health Office on October 13.
The media house has also announced plans to upscale the project, which was incepted in 2005, to three districts per year starting 2019. n