By Serah Chilora
As one way of celebrating eight years of broadcasting, Times Television, a subsidiary of The Times Group, has been mobilising funds and other necessities for Pashello Orphan Home in Ngabu, Chikwawa.
Yesterday, Times TV led an aerobics session at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences in Blantyre where they raised about K300,000 and other assorted items such as maize, sugar and clothes.
The Times Group General Manager Veronica Masikini said she was motivated to attend the workout to help fundraise for the vulnerable children.
“I thought of coming to exercise for that child in Chikwawa who cannot do what I am doing. But also at the same time, I like to keep fit. I am 61-years-old but I look like this because I work out.
“Exercising is good for the health, so I encourage others to make this a lifestyle because it helps with one’s mental health,” she said.
Chikwawa District Council Director of Planning Thokozani Ngwira said she drove all the way to help the cause, adding she knows how the vulnerable children in Chikwawa are benefiting from Pashello.
“When I saw Times Group mobilising people to support Pashello, I thought this was a good opportunity to show my support. Chikwawa District Council has developed a plan which will be a guide of development activities in the district.
“I learnt that Times Group would like to support the orphans in Chikwawa, so this was a good way to reach out to the others and appeal for support,” she said.
One of the participants Lewis Chaponda said he participated because he not only reached out to the vulnerable but exercised to keep fit.
“I normally work in Chikwawa and I know the problems at Pashello. Other than that, I suffer from diabetes, so this was important for my health and mental well-being,” he said.
Times TV was launched on December 11, 2013 and has since been awarded six consecutive times as Misa Malawi Best Television of the year.