The Lions Club of Salima has taken cancer awareness campaign to Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre in the district where they also donated food packs to 10 children receiving treatment at the facility.
Speaking on Monday during the campaign, the club’s president Farai Marara said the activity was important because the disease is affecting many people, including children.
“September was childhood cancer awareness month for Lions across the world. As Lions Club of Salima, we decided to sensitise people in rural areas to the dangers of the disease,” he said.
Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Centre founder Lucy Finch commended the club for the donation, saying it came at a time when the children needed support towards their care.
She said the facility is open to any well-wisher who would want to assist clients under their care.
“We serve patients from Salima and the surrounding districts of Ntchisi, Dedza and Nkhotakota. The centre provides home-based palliative care for the patients,” she said.
Finch said the patients need many basic things, which their families and her institution cannot afford alone.
Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Unit was opened in 2006 and provides outpatient palliative care to patients suffering from HIV and Aids, cancer and other illnesses.