In an effort to raise funds for its operations, Radio Maria-Malawi is currently running a fundraising initiative, dubbed ‘Mariathiona’, which last Sunday saw some of the station’s volunteers embracing Christians at various parishes and outstations with the initiative.
According to the station’s director, Father Joseph Kimu, the initiative aims at raising about K10 million for, among other uses, buying back-up equipment at the main studio in Mangochi.
“Sometimes we lose important material because of unexpected blackouts, so we are trying to prevent that,” said Fr Kimu.
He said, the response from the Christians has been overwhelming, and he is hopeful that the required funds will be raised when the exercise closes in July.
During last Sunday’s outdoor live broadcasting, volunteers interacted with Catholic and non-Catholic well-wishers at various parishes and outstations, including St Anthony Chinyonga (Limbe Cathedral) and Namiyango Catholic Church (Bangwe Parish) in the Archdiocese of Blantyre and Matawale Church (St Charles Lwanga) in Zomba Diocese.
Chairperson of Bangwe Parish Friends of Radio Maria-Malawi, James Ng’omba, described the idea of taking ‘Mariathona’ to churches as creative and helpful.
“It has enabled us to share with them the little we have, and at the same time affording some of us an opportunity to greet relatives and friends live on the radio,” said Ng’omba.
Volunteer John Zulu, who was reporting from Namiyango Catholic church, said the turnout of well-wishers was impressive and a testimony of the good he has heard about the outstation.
“This is encouraging. It speaks well of the people here,” said Zulu after he interacted with hundreds of the faithful who donated/or pledged towards the cause and had an opportunity to greet relatives and friends live on the radio. n