After challenging himself and Malawians to raise funds for the children’s cancer ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre, gospel artist Patience Namadingo has completed the 40-day campaign.
With an initial target of K1.2 million raised in four days of the initiative, Namadingo was forced to make an upward adjustment to K5 million through performances spread across 40 days.
That target was scraped off as more and more individuals as well as companies contributed towards the challenges that children with cancer face.
This far, about K11 520 000 million has been raised, according to the artist.
“Right now, we are preparing for the handover to take place on May 24. If people still want to contribute before then, they are still welcome,” said Namadingo in an interview.
The formal handover ceremony has been dubbed ‘#La40Lakwana’ and the artist is urging people to turn up in large numbers to finish off the initiative on a high note.
“We will hold a ceremonial march from Kamuzu Stadium Upper ground to QECH for the presentation of the dummy cheque, worth K11 520 000. We have done this together and let’s finish this together,” he said.
To drum up support for the initiative, Namadingo has produced T-shirts that are dubbed #La40Lakwana branded T-shirts for those wishing to participate in the march.
“In the same vein, we are working hand in hand with the hospital in identifying suppliers for all the equipment needed. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Malawians for contributing towards the noble cause. I do not take that for granted,” explained the artist. n