Old Mutual Winds Up Sisonke

Mwango (centre) receiving the award Mwango (centre) receiving the award - pic by Christopher Sande

Old Mutual has asked Malawians to develop a culture of initiating transformative programs that will improve lives of the rural poor.

Speaking after winding up Sisonke competition, Old Mutual Marketing Manager Patience Chatsika told the media on Monday, that it is encouraging that through the competition, they noticed how other individuals and organizations are implementing life touching interventions.

Chatsika stressed that her company organized the competition in order to reward real life heroes in communities in Malawi, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya.

“Sisonke competition was designed to recognize the work of some citizens and organizations that are making notable contributions to their immediate communities. So, as a responsible corporate, we decided to run this competition to also raise awareness to people on the importance of assisting the needy in wake of the Covid 19,” said Chatsika.

A Charitable organization, Othakarhaka Charity Foundation from Mulanje has emerged an overall winner, getting a monetary prize of 5.5 million kwacha.

The organization’ executive director, Ida Puliwa Mwango, says will use the prize to support tertiary needy students.

“Our organization focuses in supporting tertiary needy students, implementing palliative services, sustainable agriculture, agro forestry among others. There are so many people that are flocking to our offices for support. We will use part of this money to assist them,” said Mwango.

Apart from Othakarhaka Charity foundation that pocketed 5.5 million kwacha, Voices Awake Girls organization and Peter Mndalasini have each got K1.4 million for their notable contributions in supporting the girl child.

The Sisonke competition which started on 15 March this year with 42 entries has cost old mutual about K10 million.

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