Flames AFCON preparations get K5 million boost

Blantyre, September 29, Mana: Nico Group of Companies on Wednesday donated K5 million towards Malawi National Football Team’s AFCON preparations fundraising golf tournament.

The donation come barely a day after Standard Bank of Malawi plc also donated K5 million to the Kuipatsa Moto Flames fundraising golf tournament slated for Saturday in Lilongwe, an event to be graced by the Vice President, Saulos Chilima.

Nico Group of Companies Head of Marketing and Customer Experience Lorraine Phiri said having operated in Malawi for 50 years; it was a key patriotic sign by supporting the Flames in their quest.

She said: “we responded a call from the FAM to contribute to their fundraising efforts by donating to the golf tournament the reason being football as a great unifier that transcends all barriers; cultural, economic and social to bring people together.

Alide (Right) and Phiri hoist the cheque. Picture courtesy of FAM

“When we look at the Flames, we see them as a platform to bring Malawians together. Football is a crowd puller and a place where people enjoy a certain experience and as Nico being part, the people will be more affiliated to our products and services”.

While urging other corporate citizens to support the initiative, Flames Resource Mobilization Taskforce Chairman, Jabbar Alide expressed gratitude to Nico for understanding the plight that the Flames is in and coming to their rescue.

“We targeted to raise K30 million from the golf tournament and right now we have pledges in excess of K30 million. Overall, we are aiming to raise about K450 million and though the pledges have excessed our target, we are still very far.

“We have other avenues to raise funds including dinner with the president and we have hope of reaching the target. We have pledge from the government and FDH bank to fund part of the budget.” Alide said.


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