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Couple donates to paralympics

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United Kingdom-based Kang’ombe family has donated assorted items to Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC), a sports body charged with taking care of the interests of physically challenged athletes.

In a letter of declaration of the donation dated September 19 2016, Lina Kang’ombe, said the items were valued at K500,000.

“I hereby confirm that I am voluntarily and unconditionally donating 12 newly purchased running shoes, 25 pairs of second-hand shoes, 25 pairs of new running socks, several second-hand sport shoes and tops,” reads the letter which The Daily Times has seen.

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In an interview, Lina said she got to know about MPC and the needs of its 120-plus athletes after visiting Malawi where her husband hails from while doing research for her PhD studies.

“The idea of donating shoes came naturally as it seemed like this is what Malawi’s visually-impaired runners could have benefit of to facilitate their participation in and performance,” she explained.

MPC President, James Chiutsi, said the donation will boost the association’s prepar a t ions for next month’s National Paralympic Championship.

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“This donation has come in very timely as we are embarking on a national championship from November 2016. We encourage individuals and corporations to help develop sport for people with disabilities in Malawi,” Chiutsi said.

MPC recently participated in 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games in Brazil through visually-impaired athlete, Taonele Banda.

MPC is affiliated to Malawi National Council of Sports locally and Germany-based International Paralympic Committee on the international stage.

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