Celebrated netball export Mwawi Kumwenda has sourced netball equipment and other items which she plans to donate to selected rural primary and secondary schools in Mulanje, Mzimba and Rumphi.
The netball star, who plays for Melbourne Vixens in the Australian Suncorp Netball League, also plans to conduct netball clinics in these schools.
“My life has been transformed because of netball. I earn a decent living through netball and I play in one of the best leagues. The only way to give back is through donation of netball equipment and also imparting my knowledge to the young girls,” Kumwenda said.
Among other things, she said she will donate clothes and shoes.
Kumwenda said there are a lot of girls in Malawi with natural netball skills, but go unnoticed.
“I want to help discover and nurture talent, especially in the rural areas. Most schools do not have netball equipment such as balls, uniforms and shoes. I will always make it a point to mobilise resources and help as many schools as possible,” she said.
Kumwenda said during the clinics, she will encourage girls to work hard at school and refrain from early marriages.
It has been a challenging year for Kumwenda who was sidelined with an ankle injury for almost a year.
She has since recovered and made a couple of appearances for her club this season. “Many thanks to my team which met costs for my treatment. The fans and team-mates were also supportive. I can’t wait for the new season next year,” she said.