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Sporty weekend for Veep Chilima

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Vice President Saulos Chilima has a sporty day today with two sports events on his diary.

Chilima will first be at Standard Bank’s Be More Race which starts at the financial institution’s City Centre Head Office this morning before taking up the role of guest of honour at Radio Maria’s Fundraising Golf tournament at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC).

The veep’s spokesperson, Pilirani Phiri, confirmed that his boss will grace the golf competition to contribute to a good cause.

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The tournament is expected to tee off this morning with the prize presentation ceremony scheduled for this evening at LGC.

Organisers are targeting to raise at least K10 million for the construction of Radio Maria’s transmission tower at Dwangwa in Nkhotakota District.

Organising committee chairperson, Medson Roka, said there had been overwhelming response from companies and individuals ahead of the event.

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“We believe K10 million will give us a good start for the construction works of the tower which will cost about K18 million. The tower will help Radio Maria to get better coverage in Dwangwa and surrounding areas,” Roka said.

He said it was encouraging to note that several other high profile golfers had confirmed their participation in the tournament by Thursday.

Chilima is also expected to be the centre of attraction when he returns to the 21km Be More Race.

Standard Bank has organised the race for the second year running to promote a national culture of wellness.

Chilima, 45, returns to the race which he officially launched in Lilongwe in July last year.

The veep is a well-known fitness enthusiast who plays basketball and works out in the gym regularly.

In a statement, Chilima said he is ready for the challenge of going round the tracks of Lilongwe City.

He encouraged Malawians to embrace a culture of exercising regularly in groups.

“With team work and great coordination, we will together achieve more. In any movement, to achieve greatness everyone must be moving,” he said.

Chilima commended Standard Bank for promoting group exercises under this year’s race as opposed to individual workouts.

Other high-profile individuals to join Chilima include government officials, Lilongwe City Chief Executive Officer Moza Zeleza, local and international professional athletes, customers and others.

The race will start from the bank’s City Centre head office and stretch out to Area 18, Mtandire, Area 49, Area 9, Area 6, Area 47 and Area 10 before hitting the finishing line at Bingu International Conference Centre.

In terms of prize money, the bank has staked K2.9 million split into K1.5 million for the first prize, K900, 000 for the second, with the third-placed athlete getting K550,000 in the 21.2 kilometre category.

After the race, there will be performances from urban artist Sanjie and some aerobic exercises.

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