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Madonna raises $7.5m for Malawi

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American pop diva, Madonna, has raised more than $7.5 million (about K5 billion) for Malawi through her music performance and auction of property that was held in Miami on Saturday, according to The Guardian online.

Madonna, who was named Malawi’s goodwill ambassador by former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, held the show for her foundation in Malawi and the money will be used to fund the construction of a Paediatric Surgery Ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

The ward has been named after her adopted daughter Mercy James and is scheduled to open next year.

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“Founding Raising Malawi is one of the most meaningful things I have done in my life. Raising Malawi’s evening of art, music and mischief at Art Basel will support our latest project to establish Malawi’s first paediatric surgery and intensive care unit. I am excited to give others the opportunity to be part of this undertaking that will ultimately save lives and help children in Malawi,” Madonna said.

Executive Director of Global Philanthropy Group, Sarah Ezzy, who manages Raising Malawi, said the fundraiser was critical to support the foundation’s goal of improving access to high quality paediatric health care in Malawi, “one of the poorest countries in the world.”

On July 10 this year, Madonna visited the hospital project to inspect progress where she said she will conduct a lot of fundraising activities for the projects.

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