A local Rugby team called ‘Luchenza Red Ants’ on Friday donated various items valued at K220, 000 to communities affected by the recent floods in Mulanje and Thyolo districts.
The gesture complements efforts by government and development partners who continue to support displaced households with relief items in the country.
The items which included bags of maize, sugar, salt, plastic buckets, soap, clothes and cooking oil were distributed in the area of Traditional Authorities (TA) Nthiramanja and Nanseta in the two districts.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) after making the donation, Coach for Luchenza Rugby Team, Maluta Kariko said the players decided to help the communities surrounding Luncheza since its where most of the team members come from.
“Charity begins at home; we chose communities in the borders with Luchenza Municipality because that is where our players come from. If their neighbours were affected, then they were also affected to some extent,” he said.
Kariko said the team decided to help with the little they could manage to raise as one way of showing concern to the problems communities were faced with as a result of the floods.
The Coach asked other well-wishers to continue supporting people affected by the floods, noting that communities still lacked several basic items for their livelihood.
Luchenza Rugby Team Manager, Veronica Banda said the team managed to reach out to the displaced households due to the unity that prevails in the team.
“We know that the little we have provided will bring change in their lives,” she said.
One of the beneficiaries, Cecilia Kachere thanked the team for the donation, saying it had come at the right time when they were struggling to get basic needs for daily life.
“We’re very grateful to our young boys and girls who decided to help us with these items. The items will greatly help us as we recollect ourselves back to normal life,” she said.
The team made the donation through contributions and a top up amount from their former coach, Russel Sutter, who is based in the United Kingdom.