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By Isaac Salima:

Two Blantyre-based cyclists Stewart Kambewa and John Moyenda are set to cycle from Africa’s tallest mountain, Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, to Mulanje Mountain with the aim of raising about K15 million to aid Friends of Mulanje Orphans (Fomo) in building an orphanage centre.

The initiative, dubbed ‘Kilimanjaro to Mulanje 2019 Charity Challenge’, will see the cyclists hiking the 5,895-metres-above-sea-level Kilimanjaro.

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Kambewa and Moyenda will then cycle the 2,402-kilometre distance from Tanzania to Malawi before hiking Mulanje, which is 3,002 metres tall.

The two started off for Tanzania Thursday by car for the month-long initiative scheduled to run from September 1 to 30.

Kambewa described the initiative as a challenge but expressed optimism that they would do it.

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“We are the first Malawians to embark on such a challenge and we are excited to fight for a charitable cause. We would like to use sports for changing lives of the less previledged,” he said.

Fomo Director, Mary Woodworth, hailed the two athletes for the initiative and asked Malawians to support them.

“This is a unique initiative. The two are the first Malawians to embark on this kind of challenge for the sake of fellow Malawians. We are humbled to be beneficiaries of such a cause. We pray that God sees them through,” Woodworth said.

Fomo runs 14 orphanage centres, a clinic and a school in a catchment area of almost 90 villages. The structures benefit over 3,500 needy children.

The two cyclists have arranged for proceeds of the initiative to be channelled through Airtel Money and TNM Mpamba numbers.

The numbers are 0995006776 and 0883339669.

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