Malawi National Association of the Deaf (Manad) has appealed to well-wishers to help it with funds to participate in this year’s edition of Miss and Mr Deaf to be held in Tanzania.
Manad Executive Director Byson Chimenya said Tuesday they were looking for K3.5 million to participate in the event on October 1 2021.
“Our target is to send six people but, depending on funding, we can even send two to three. We need K3.5 million to cater for travel and registration fees for the six people,” Chimenya said.
He said organisers of the Miss and Mr Deaf have pledged food and accommodation.
“There will be lots of activities, apart from the beauty pageant. There will also be Mr Fashion. This is all about empowering young deaf women and men in their respective countries so that they become confident and good role models as well as a driving force each in their own way to make positive changes in Malawi,” Chimenya said.
He said Emmanuel Madanitsa will represent the country as Mr Deaf with Esnat Lifa featuring as Miss Deaf whereas Levi Bingu and James Mkwanda will star as Mr Fashion.
He said Manad has taken the drive of using talent to empower young people and that they believed participating in the international event was important for the country.
“We plan to travel on September 25 and return on October 2. We have tried to raise funds but we have not achieved much. There is nothing and we are just praying that we should get the support,” Chimenya said.
The country has done well on the international scene as it holds the Miss Deaf Africa office through Chimwemwe Kamkwamba, who is also Miss Deaf Africa Malawi.
Recently House of Xandria also held All Shades of Beautiful Fashion show at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre which was aimed at giving persons with disabilities the chances to showcase their talents.