A charity show organised by Blantyre Press Club (BPC) in collaboration with reggae outfit Black Missionaries in aid of flood victims has raised K1.2 million.
BPC president Blessings Kanache said patrons at the show enjoyed a ‘great’ performance from Black Missionaries and Anthony Makondetsa.
“It was unexpected to have a huge turnup bearing in mind that the publicity for the show was done in less than a week. However, we could not wait as people affected are in dire need of support, but we are glad that more people turned up,” he said.
Kanache said the group was targeting to raise K3 million not only from gate collection, but also individuals and companies willing to support those affected with floods in Chikwawa.
“Our plan is to raise between K2 million and K3 million within the coming weeks through initiatives such as the one we had with Black Missionaries. We are assured that the actual target will be reached once companies and individuals fulfil their pledges made to us,” he said.
Black Missionaries lead vocalist Anjiru Fumulani said the band was happy to partner journalists in this noble cause.
“We are happy to partner with Blantyre Press Club to fundraise for flood victims. I would like to thank our fans for supporting this noble cause and Mibawa Hall for hosting us,” he said.
Makondetsa, who took to the stage at around 11pm and played over 10 songs from different albums including, Ndagwira Mbendera, said he was glad to be part of this initiative.
Malawi Red Cross Society communications manager Felix Washoni, who patronised the show, commended BPC and Black Missionaries for joining hands to support people in need and urged others to emulate the good gesture.
Black Missionaries appeared on stage around midnight and dished out songs until 4am. Other performers were Khonzie Masimbe and Yanjanani Chumbu n