Malawi-based English Premier League (EPL) side Manchester United’s fans on Saturday donated surgical supplies worth K1.6 million to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.
The supplies, which include cannulas, gloves and bandages, have been allocated to the operating theatre.
The Red Devils fans raised money through their WhatsApp grouping that was created in August 2015, according to one of the members Justice Slyvester Kalembera.
“We adopted Manchester United’s corporate social responsibility so as to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people. We also made a similar donation worth K1.2 million to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in January and we are planning to do the same at Zomba Central and Mzuzu hospitals,” he said.
He added that as they enjoy Manchester United’s exploits in the EPL, including their recent 2-0 triumph over runaway leaders Chelsea, they have a responsibility to help the needy.
Apart from Kalembera other notable individuals that were among the 30 fans that attended the presentation were Webster Kaunga, Allan Chinula, Sydney Chikoti, Jabber Alide, Davis Njobvu, Christopher Mdolo and Estelle Nuka.
QECH chief hospital administrator Themba Mhango and head of surgery department Kondwani Chalulu thanked the Red Devils for the “timely” donation.
“These surgical supplies fit into our system and they will go a long way in serving a lot of patients. We are grateful to Manchester United supporters for the donation,” Mhango said.