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Music against Malaria plans big for this year

FLASHBACK – The Daughters Band performs at the Music against Malaria Festival last year

Music against Malaria which has among others, been using music to fight malaria this year they will also be coming out with the second edition of Music against Malaria Festival.

The non-governmental organisation (NGO) driven by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn, last year debuted with a festival that took place at College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre.

The festival culminated from the several fundraising performances Music against Malaria had been holding across the country.

A press statement from the organisation has since described 2019 as a fantastic year.

“We launched a successful fundraising campaign in aid of the children department of Chikwawa District Hospital. A total of US$17,000 was raised,” the statement reads.

Code, who has just returned from his tour of Europe and United States of America, where he held a show to fundraise for Chikwawa District Hospital, said their mission is to contribute to the development of the health sector in the country.

“We opened our 2019 campaign with Malaria Stories Art exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre. The exhibition was a special showcase of the effects of malaria from an everyday Malawi point of view through paintings and this was made possible through our partnership with Art Malawi and Jacaranda Cultural Centre and Malaria research ward,” Code said.

He also said that in 2019 they had time to have a tour in a day which they held in three schools in Blantyre – Hill View, Phoenix and St Andrews where students got involved by learning about malaria with Dr Sam Moody as a guest speaker.

Code then hailed partners such as Total Malawi, Toyota Malawi, Farming Engineering Services, Cultures of Resistance, Thofu Investments, Taurus Advertising, Jacaranda Cultural Centre, Times Group, MBC and Nation Publications Limited among others, for their support.

“It is our responsibility as an organisation to be accountable for every single monetary contribution made to the cause. We look forward to officially handing over the equipment we purchased to the children department of Chikwawa District Hospital soon,” he said.

He described his performances in Europe and USA as super and that he got so much support.

“We are doing the second edition of the festival but we will start with a presentation ceremony of the purchased equipment to Chikwawa District Hospital followed by identifying a new hospital to fundraise for through our needs assessment,” the former Big Brother Africa (BBA) representative, said.

Code added that they have a number of activities as build up to the festival.

Annemarie, who has worked with a number of musicians and recently hinted that she was working on an album, said she was excited at what this year has in store.

“We are looking forward to branching out Music against Malaria’s aid to other areas of Malawi,” the singer and guitarist said.

Apart from helping Chikwawa District Hospital, Music against Malaria has also assisted Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.

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