Australia-based Queens shooter Mwawi Kumwenda on Wednesday donated sports equipment to Zimbiri Primary School in Chikwawa as part of her sports development initiative at grass roots level.
In a telephone interview from Chikwawa, Kumwenda said Wednesday, September 27, was her birthday and she thought of celebrating it by donating sports equipment to the school.
The equipment included two sets of uniforms and balls.
“I have passion for netball and I want as many girls as possible to take up the sport seriously. This can only be achieved if primary schools have proper equipment to inspire young girls to take the sport seriously.
“I was informed of the situation at Zimbiri Primary School and decided to donate something,” she said.
Kumwenda said she developed interest in netball while doing her primary education in her home district of Mzimba.
“It is not that I am rich, but I just want to share whatever I have with these girls so that they too can have that opportunity I had. For sports to grow it is only by ensuring that facilities are available. I am appealing to companies and individuals to invest in netball, especially in schools. There is so much talent out there and we must join hands in nurture it,” she said.
The school’s sport coordinator Judith Nampinga, was grateful for the donation.
She said: “We did not have uniforms and even the ball we used was worn out and needed inflating now and then. We used to borrow uniforms from other schools and sometimes they could refuse to lend us their uniforms. It was very embarrassing. We thank Mwawi for removing this shame.” n