Toyota Malawi has pumped K1 million into Malawi Cricket Union’s (MCU) budget for two national team players’ trip to Australia in January.
The trip will sees captain for men’s national side Gershom Ntambalika and his female counterpart Mary Mabvuka having a three-month sojourn in Australia for cricket development and management training.
During a cheque presentation in Blantyre yesterday, Toyota Malawi managing director John Connell said they made the donation because they are very pleased with MCU’s idea of developing the sport from the grassroots.
“We want to be part of cricket development from the grass roots in the country and we felt it would be worthwhile to contribute towards the trip. It is our hope every kwacha will be used for the intended purpose,” said Connell, who was accompanied by the company’s corporate affairs general manager Andrew Katimba and marketing manager Lusungu Mangochi.
MCU president Vivek Ganesan thanked the car-manufacturing company for the support and pleaded with other well-wishers to follow the good example.
“The financial support from Toyota Malawi will go a long way in fulfilling our budget for the trip. This means we will now need over K2 million from other well-wishers to meet our K6 million budget as other corporate partners has also assisted us,” Ganesan said.
After receiving a dummy cheque from Connell, Ntambalika expressed delight with the support and said the trip will help him improve his cricket skills. n