TNM employees donate to children’s cancer ward at QECH

By Chisomo Phiri

Employees of the local telecommunications company, Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM), on Friday donated assorted items to the children’s cancer ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.

The donated items included children’s chairs, tables, food and non-food grocery items, as well as second-hand clothes.

The employees also served lunch for the patients and their guardians.

Speaking after presenting the donation, TNM Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michel Hebert sai the support was a collective contribution from the company’s staff.

He hailed these staff members for their contributions towards the initiative.

“Since we started calling for donations in cash and in kind from members of staff, we received overwhelming response.

“Here we have seen the
great work medical staff are doing since the response rate from the children is very high but we have also seen the desperate needs of the patients and guardians since they stay here longer,” said Herbert.

Matron of the children’s cancer ward at QECH, Anizia Kamwendo, expressed gratitude, describing the donation as timely.

Said Kamwendo: “We thank TNM for the gesture as children in the ward stay long, with most of them referred from afar. Some are here with only the clothes they wore when they came here. Finding food is a problem.

“However, we are still in need of chemotherapy drugs and infusion pumps we use when treating the kids. We appreciate that government can’t do it all alone.”

Apart from QECH, TNM members of staff  also engaged in charitable work under the Green Touch Initiative at Kamuzu, Mzuzu and Zomba central hospitals.