By Ireen Kayira
Lions Club District 412B (Malawi and Mozambique) has organised a lake cruise which is aimed at raising funds to support children at Kamuzu Central Hospital paediatric cancer ward.
The annual fundraising activity will take place from October 26 to 27 where people are expected to pay K50, 000 to participate.
The cruise will start from Monkey Bay in Mangochi to Salima, overnight stay with music and games at cape Maclear. After that there will be a tour of Lake Malawi Islands around Cape Maclear before returning to Monkey Bay.
Speaking with Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Thursday, Media and Public Relations chairperson for District 412B, Lion Jones Thombozi said their target is to raise MK2, 000,000 this year.
“Through the cruise, we would like well wishers and the corporate world to help by donating in any way whether they are participating in the cruise or not,” Thombozi said.
He said this year’s Lions cruise wants to support patients in the Paediatric Cancer Ward where the patients have varying needs such as nutritious food and supplements, basic sanitation items, toiletries and medicines.
“One of Lions’ service pillars centres on childhood cancer, as such, patients at KCH and their families need special medicines, specific food and care in order to be treated,” he said.
He added that the choice to serve this cancer ward at the hospital is a core part of what Lions have set out to do.
A part from raising funds, the cruise will provide an opportunity for non-Lions to interact with Lions and together contribute towards assisting childhood cancer patients.
“The other objective is to raise awareness for childhood cancer in Malawi and avail an opportunity for Malawians to participate in local tourism on the beautiful Lake Malawi while supporting a good cause,” he said.
Last year, the club conducted the 1st lake cruise where they raised K1.2 million after selling 120 seats.
The proceeds for the lake cruise were used to buy assorted items for KCH paediatric cancer ward.
Lions Club District 412B is under Lions Clubs International and is the biggest non-profit service organization in the world open to all interested persons on a voluntary basis.
It supports efforts in Eye Sight, Diabetes, Environment, Childhood Cancer and Hunger.
This year, the organization has assisted victims of Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique and many other areas.