Beata Holdings executive chairperson Ben Phiri has said the country’s public health sector would not have been “this awful” had local companies and individuals been patriotic.
Phiri made the remarks on Friday in Lilongwe when his group of companies donated assorted medical laboratory equipment worth K10 million towards this year’s Nation Publications Limited (NPL) Mother’s Fun Run.
He said it was imperative for local companies and individuals to seek ways of how best to make an impact on the local scene.
Said Phiri: “In the same vein, our coming in with the support does not in any way mean that Beata Holdings has loads of money. As a matter of fact, we wish we had all the money in the world to help us help our fellow Malawians across the country.
“But rather, we have been compelled to support NPL in this noble cause. Imagine the impact if each and every local company or organisation took a similar initiative as championed by NPL. I don’t think they do it to glorify themselves and I can only see one winner in all this and that is life; which is fair enough for me.”
Speaking when he received the equipment, NPL marketing manager Albert Banda thanked individuals, companies and organisations that support the initiative.
“To be honest with you, this initiative would have probably died a natural death were it not for some passionate individuals and organisations across the country. This is why we can’t take the gesture by Beata Holdings for granted. This is actually a great push in our efforts and we can only thank them for it.”
NPL Mother’s Fun Run reaches a climax in October when a marathon is held and the mobilised items donated to the targeted institution.
This year’s initiative, which follows a successful event in Mzimba last year, will benefit Blantyre District Health Office.