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Blandina Khondowe laid to rest

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President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice- President Saulos Chilima were among scores of people who, Monday, went to Lilongwe’s Area 12 to pay their last respects to Think Pink Malawi founder Blandina Khondowe.

Family member Michael Gwazeni said the former Miss Malawi recovered from breast cancer in 2013 after undergoing a successful operation in India.

However, she developed a brain tumour early this year, which led to her death on Saturday.

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Khondowe (Nee Mlenga) was laid to rest at Area 18 cemetery after a church service at Lingadzi Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP).

It was a tearful send-off, as family, friends, relatives, workmates and Lingadzi CCAP Church members shared stories that bordered on how dedicated the former Malawi News columnist was to the values she stood for.

Eleanor Nkosi of Think Pink Malawi said Khondowe was determined to spread the message that early detection of cancer is important.

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“Blandina helped raise visibility of breast cancer and other cancers in the country. She lived and loved what she stood for,” Nkosi said.

Apart from Think Pink Malawi, which she founded in 2013, Khondowe also founded Hope for Cancer Foundation in 2015.

Last year, she received the Barbara Brenner Breast Cancer Activist Scholarship and attended the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in Texas, the United States.

Khondowe, who was Miss Malawi in 2002, joined the Department of Tourism as a Tourism Officer in 2008. She died while serving as Principal Tourism Officer.

Khondowe was born on October 12 1980 and is survived by a husband and two children.

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