Rotary Club of Lilongwe and its sponsors on Saturday held a bed race as part of initiatives to raise funds in aid of children living with albinism, cancer and diabetes in the country.
Participating teams started decorating their beds and began the races at 10am followed by an awards ceremony afterwards.
Casino Marina emerged the bed race winner after 54.4 seconds run.
On the other hand, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) went away with the best decorated bed award having outsmarted AHL Group, formerly Auction Holdings Limited, National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma), Corporate Insurance Company (CIC) and Paramount Holdings Limited.
Rotary Club of Lilongwe president Dan Kuwali said they are concerned with the plight of children suffering from the diseases; hence, the decision to organise the race.
He said: “We organised this bed race with a primary reason of raising funds to support children with albinism, cancer and diabetes. These are children who are helpless. They have a long way to go. They have a stumbling road ahead of them.”
Kuwali said the club has already conducted a needs assessment in collaboration with the Ministry of Health to guide them in reaching out to the children living with albinism, cancer and diabetes.
Cancer Survivors Quest founder Chikhulupiliro Ng’ombe thanked the club, saying the initiative will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges children with albinism, cancer and diabetes face in the country.
Ng’ombe said currently, children with albinism, cancer and diabetes are facing serious challenges to access optimum healthcare services due to, among others, inadequate resources in the health sector. n