President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s appeal for support for survivors of Tropical Cyclone Freddy continues to receive overwhelming response, with Umodzi Park becoming the latest corporate entity to donate.
Umodzi Park, which is Malawi’s leading hospitality firm offering five-star hotel accommodation and tourism services, has donated K10 million worth of food and non-foodstuffs to the cyclone survivors in Lunzu Ward in Blantyre.
Speaking after presenting the donation at Ntenjera and Chilapenda Primary Schools in Lunzu Ward, Umodzi Holdings and Park Chairman John Robson Kamanga commended President Chakwera and his government for demonstrating and providing unwavering love, care and support for the survivors.
Kamanga said their initiative is therefore aimed at complementing government efforts to alleviate pain and destitution among the survivors.
“We decided to take part in the initiative, which was launched by President Lazarus Chakwera to share the pain and suffering together with the affected people. We have reached out to almost 150, 000 people with the assistance we have provided in Lunzu Ward,” he said.
Among the donated items included blankets, maize flour, plastic buckets, bed sheets, towels and soya pieces.
Kamanga disclosed that the donation was also part of corporate social responsibility for the hospitality firm.
“As one of the players in the hospitality industry, we thought of putting together assorted relief items to assist the survivors of cyclone Freddy,” he said.
Ntenjela Primary school alone has 112 survivors comprising 73 women and 39 men.