By FRANCIS BANDA*
In a bid to reach out to more Malawians across the country, Radio Maria Malawi has raised over K1.8 million for construction of a transmission tower at Mtengo Umodzi hills in Thyolo District.
The money, which is in form of cash, pledges and air time has been raised in three days of special programming dubbed ‘Mariathona’, that ran from May 15 to May 17 2015. However, the fundraising initiative for the Thyolo transmitter runs up to June 27 2015.
Speaking during a special mass marking the end of the three-day Mariathona Radio Maria Chapel on May 18, Radio Maria Malawi national director Reverend Father Joseph Kimu thanked all well-wishers who have donated towards the project.
Kimu appealed to those that have pledged their support to fulfil their promises so that the tower that will send a strong radio signal to Thyolo and the Shire Valley districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje is realised.
In this project, Radio Maria Malawi needs K15 million. Seventy other Radio Maria stations across the world had a similar fundraising initiative course for various projects.
In an interview on Wednesday, Radio Maria Malawi national coordinator Innocent Mphanje, expressed optimism that Radio Maria Malawi will raise the required money for the Thyolo project. He said although the three-day Mariathona ended on Sunday, the station has left its doors open for well-wishers to come in and support the cause up to June 27 2015.
Apart from Thyolo, Radio Maria Malawi also requires transmission towers in Mzuzu, Nkhotakota, Karonga and Thyolo.