Catholic Students Organisation (CSO) of the Catholic University of Malawi on Saturday donated various items valued at over K150,000 to patients at Mulanje Mission Hospital.
The donation follows recent calls from the Chairman of the University Council Associate Professor Bishop Martin Mtumbuka who urged the university students to give back to the community.
In his remarks during the ninth congregation of the Catholic University of Malawi on October 3 this year, Bishop Mtumbuka recommended that the university students be involved in charity work.
“We [should] find a way of ensuring that before a student graduates from this university, they should spend some hours doing charity work in the country. Most big employers in Malawi and even abroad are greatly satisfied and touched by a professional who has spent some time helping the under privileged people,” Mtumbuka said.
CSO vice chairperson Violet Machika said they decided to make the donation to the patients as one way of reaching out to the needy.
“One of the organisation’s objectives is to reach out to the needy and those that are suffering in order to improve their lives. In the near future we want to start providing scholarships in terms of school fees to physically challenged students learning at Montfort Special Needs Education College,” disclosed Machika.
Mulanje Mission Hospital Deputy Principal Nursing Officer, Tiyamike Lupenga thanked the catholic students for making the donation saying it has come at an opportune time for the patients.
“The patients need spiritual, physical and social support, and the students’ donation will help the patients recover soon. I therefore urge other people and organasations to emulate the good gesture displayed by the catholic students,” appealed Lupenga.
Some of the donated items that included sugar, salt, laundry and bathing soap were donated to four wards neo-natal, children, female and male.
After the donation, the students gathered at Dziwe la Mkhalamba to hold a farewell party with the member students who are in their final year at the university.
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