Our Lady of Wisdom Secondary School on Friday organised a dinner and dance to raise funds for the construction of girls hostels at the school.
The event took place at Victoria Gardens, Catholic Institute, in Blantyre and was attended by members of staff and alumni of the school.
The dinner comes a week after the school organised a big walk for the same purpose.
Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Blantyre, Monsignor Bonface Tamani, was the guest of honour and said the school has over 500 students who travel from far and wide.
“The girls travel to school either by foot or public transport. There are so many dangerous things they are exposed to. In addition, the long distance they cover just to attend classes tire them out and, as a result, they fail to concentrate in class.
“The hostels we are advocating will provide safety as well as more time for them to focus on their studies, compared to spending an hour or so going home,” Tamani said.
Former deputy minister of Information and Civic Education John Bande was also in attendance and he urged parents, organisations and companies to support the project as it would help in the fight to keep the girl child in school.
Fundraising chairperson of the Parents and Teachers Association Committee, Wycliffe Chimwendo, said the response from the public has been impressive.
“People have become attached to the project such that we have received ample support from previous students and other organisations; so we are hopeful we will reach our target of K300 million,” he said