Reggae Ambassador Charles Sinetre Wednesday said they were making progress in veteran musicians Sir Paul Banda and Isaac Liwotcha’s fundraiser, adding that people are coming forth.
Sinetre and team, through their Get Well Soon Club, are seeking to raise close to K30 million to help Sir Paul and Liwotcha access medical treatment in top hospitals.
He said that they collected a total of K478,000 in cash during the first fundraiser they held at Mibawa Multipurpose Hall in Blantyre last Saturday.
“We did say after the first fundraiser that we will be transparent in everything and we will account for every penny. We are thankful that people are still coming with support,” the ‘Malawi Googler’ maker said.
He said that the money they had collected as of Wednesday, from the account created and Airtel and Mpamba accounts, had totalled K1.8 million.
“FDH Bank account, as of Wednesday, had collected close to K519,000 but there was money which went in after we collected the statement so with that it was going to around K800,000 and then with the Mpamba and Airtel Money we were totaling K1.8 million,” he said.
Sinetre said that there have also been pledges which they have since collected and they include K400,000 from Minister of Home Affairs Richard Chimwendo Banda.
“The minister pledged K300,000 but he gave us K400,000, Black Missionaries have honoured their pledge of K200,000 and then we also received another K200,000. We also have pledges totalling K1,250,000 which we are yet to collect,” Sinetre said.
With people still contributing towards the cause, Sinetre said they will continue to give updates until they realise the target.
“We are still mobilising resources and planning on the next course of action but we are looking at holding more fundraising concerts and also look at other areas of generating money for the cause,” he said.
The concert at Mibawa, beamed live on Mibawa Television and its online platforms lived up to its billing with acts putting up splendid performances.
Apart from Sinetre, Chiwalo, Pat A Big Tung’ande and Alleluya Band crew, other artists who spiced up the first fundraiser include Martha Mituka, Favoured Martha, Ethel Kamwendo Banda, Johnny Mr Zembani Banda and Nepman.