By: Duncan Kaonga
Women Leadership Program on Sports is donating items to special Olympics athletes in the country during this period of Covid-19 pandemic.
The group is a team of women that mentor young women into leadership positions.
Through it’s national program, the team on Wednesday donated items to athletes in Mzuzu at St John of God and Kanyika CBO in Luwinga township where they plan to bail out almost 100 special Olympic’s athletes.
Speaking with Akometsi after the donation, Women Leadership Sports mentee for Northern region who also dubs as Women Leadership Sports secretary, Chimwemwe Banda said they made the donation after looking at the gap in this sporting discipline.
“We have reached out to these athletes after noticing that they are being overlooked interms of personal protective equipments donations during this pandemic, so as Women Leadership in Sports we have filled this gap,” Said Banda.
On his part, Regional Coordinator for Special Olympics in the Northern region, Oswald Lungu said the donation has come at the right time and added the sport is growing at a fast pace in the region.
“We are growing everyday and now we have at least 500 athletes who are almost from all districts in the region but we only lack equipments and man power to train the athletes as we only rely on volunteers,” said Lungu.
The team also donated clothes to the athletes together with facemasks, soap and hand sanitizers which has costed them almost 1.5 million Malawi kwacha.
The program is also done in other 10 Southern African countries under Woman Leadership Program in Sports for All.