Lilongwe-based gospel music outfit The Great Angels Choir plans to build a clinic as a contribution towards the development of the country’s health sector.
The choir has since announced a series of fundraising events starting with a dinner on December 24 at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe. The event will be supported by musician Thocco Katimba.
The Great Angels Choir director Ephraim Zonda said the clinic project is in line with their corporate social responsibility.
“As you may be aware, The Great Angels Choir is called the people’s choir because it receives overwhelming support from people of all walks of life. People have been buying our music and patronising our live performances. Therefore, building a clinic is one way of giving back to the society,” he said.
Zonda said the choir is planning to raise K35 million for the construction of the clinic in Lilongwe’s Area 45.
He said the choir was touched with the plight of expectant women and under-five children in the area to embark on the charity project named after its Nza Yahweh album.
“Women from this area walk long distances to access health services such as antenatal. Sadly, the majority is discouraged by the distance and end up shunning such vital services. As a result, this compromises their health. Therefore, we would like to contribute to women and children’s well being by building a clinic in this area,” said Zonda.
This is not the first charity initiative undertaken by The Great Angels Choir in the country. They have supported the construction of churches in Lilongwe and contributed to the welfare of pastors and needy students before.
Reacting to the news, the choir’s fans expressed delight with the plans.
Zecks Phiri wrote: “All the best Great Angels as you are looking for funds.”
The 20-member choir was established in 1980s. It started recording music in 2005 when they released their debut album Mundifungatile.
In all they have five albums, including Mundifungatile, Gwireni Dzanja (2007), Ndiyende Bwanji (2010), Mwasanka Ine (2014) and Ufumu Umodzi Sumaukilana to be released this month.