By Sam Banda Jnr:
Organisers of Music against Malaria, an initiative spearheaded by musicians Code Sangala and Annemarie Quinn, raised K495,000 during the Tour in a Day organised on Friday.
The initiative saw Code and Annemarie, joined by artists such as Chichiri Heritage Troupe, touring three schools in Blantyre, the last one being St Andrews.
The money raised during the tour is set to go towards assisting Chikwawa District Pediatric A & E Ward.
“We are thankful to the three schools for the donation they made. This will go a long way in assisting Chikwawa District Hospital. Our target is to raise K20 million and so we have lined up a couple of fundraising activities,” Annemarie said.
During the tour, students appreciated traditional dances which Chichiri Heritage performed, as well as a dosage of music from Annemarie and Code.
The tour also saw Dr Sam Moody from Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre talk about malaria.
“We thought of coming up with a tour just to raise funds for this cause and we had to put together performances. Again we decided to engage a doctor at Queen Elizabeth just to interact with the students on malaria,” Code said.
Code and Annemarie also signed autographs for the students.
Music against Malaria, which is now a non-governmental organisation, has been holding performances across the country to raise funds for Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
“We started with Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and now we are doing it for Chikwawa District Hospital. We intend to do it for other hospitals as well,” Code said.
Recently, Music against Malaria received funds from Total Malawi and Farming Engineering Services to go towards the Music against Malaria Festival, among other activities.
Meanwhile, Music Against Malaria in partnership with other players is set to hold the Malaria Stories Art Exhibition at Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre on June 29 2019.
“We are using different artistic disciplines to create awareness about malaria. Art is a powerful vehicle for disseminating messages; hence, coming up with an exhibition to go together with music,” Annemarie said.
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