Music Against Malaria project says it is confident that the cultural festival it will stage this year will boost its fundraising drive.
The initiative, which is championed by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn, this year committed to raise K19 million in aid of the children’s ward at Chikwawa District Hospital as part of its quest to fight against malaria in the country.
Speaking during a press conference held at Jacaranda Cultural Centre (JCC) in Blantyre on Wednesday, founder and director of the initiative Code said so far they have raised K9 million from the different partnerships that they have made in support of the cause.
He said they are confident the remainder of the sum, which will go towards the purchase of assorted equipment for Chikwawa District Hospital, will be raised from the gate collections during the festival slated for October 26 at the College of Medicine Sports Complex Hall.
The festival will feature Lusubilo Band, Madalitso Band, Lulu, Daughters Band, Waliko Makhala, Agorosso, Chichiri Cultural Troupe, Wendham Chechamba and Kasambwe Brothers Band, among others.
Code said: “We remain committed to improving the healthcare system in our quest to eradicate malaria. In the mix of that battle, we have created a platform to rekindle the importance of doing music within the traditional realms.”
Quinn, who is the co-founder and director, said the initiative is almost a personal battle for her.
“When I was coming here people asked me why are you going to Malawi with all the malaria which is there? They said you will die. But when I got here, I learnt about how preventable it is. Then it dawned on me that I want to be part of this drive,” she said.
Chikwawa District Hospital medical officer Wamaka Msopole said the support the Music Against Malaria project is providing to the hospital could not have come at a better time.
Code started the Music Against Malaria initiative with random donations at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre soon after his return from the television reality show Big Brother Africa over 10 years ago.