The Malawi UK Military Community (MUMCo) whose members are currently serving or veterans in the British Armed Forces had earlier in May taken on a 7000 mile challenge to raise £7,000 to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers treating Covid-19 patients in Malawi. The distinctive number 7000 was chosen as it is an estimated distance in miles between UK and Malawi.
This fundraising itiative had been conducted for the entire month of May by nearly 100 people doing various activities such as running, walking, cycling and swimming.
MUMCo managed to raise over 8 Million Malawi Kwacha/approximately £8000. The raised funds were used to procure Personal Protective Equipment for healthy workers in Malawi to help them with the COVID-19 pandemic fight.
The procured PPE was presented in Malawi at College of Medicine Lilongwe Campus, to the Society of Medical Doctors. The beneficiaries will be Karonga and Dedza district hospitals.
The MUMCo members expressed their gratitude for the support and generosity that was given by the public across the world.
Connex Banda who is one of the members said, “this proved to be a very important donation as cases in Malawi are rapidly increasing and we aim at inspiring more Malawians to do more in fighting this pandemic”.