Musician Patience Namadingo has said the last week’s fundraising drive for musician William Kachigamba raised over K4.7 million in total. This amount excludes President Lazarus Chakwera pledge.
The ‘Mapulani’ creator went on a fundraising drive on the proposed site of the Mahatma Gandhi statue near Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre to raise K3 million for Kachigamba, who was diagnosed of cancer.
Namadingo responded to Kachigamba’s SOS after he posted a video appealing to well-wishers to support him to travel to Zambia for medical attention.
The fundraiser saw him posing as a statue.
Several channels were created for receiving funds from people and while he managed to raise K3.3 million on the same day before President Chakwera promised to square the remainder, Namadingo and team had not calculated the other funds received from Western Union, MoneyGram and Mukuru.
“This morning (Monday), Team Namartists has finished reconciling with Western Union, MoneyGram and Mukuru on the statue funds to William Kachigamba. We are proud to announce that we beat the target. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for putting together four million seven hundred and eighteen thousand kwacha [K4,780,000],” Namadingo wrote on his Facebook page.
Running by the tagline ‘The Currency is Love’, Namadingo, said he was determined to make sure that Kachigamba travels to Zambia as soon as possible.
Last week Wednesday he visited the 26-year old student, who is at Music Crossroads Malawi for the first time to break the news that he had managed to raise K3 million.
Namadingo’s fundraising drive has earned him praise from people in the country and he trended on social media.