Lucky helping hand
The draw which was conducted in December 2019, revealed Chibwana as the main winner while other 5 people won monetary prizes ranging from k10000 to K50000.
The competition whose aim was to raise funds for the students who are struggling financially did not raise enough money as expected.
Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony, the Polytechnic Dean of Students Lusciano Ndalama explained that the Polytechnic management appreciates those that have been involved in the competition starting with the Alumni Association to every member of the general public who entered the competition.
“We know that it is not easy to assist every other student but every effort that aims at reducing that suffering is appreciated. We do not take it for granted when we have individuals who respond to our calls,” Ndarama said
In his remarks before presenting the grand prize, the president of the Polytechnic Alumni Association Newton Kambala, who was also the guest of honor thanked the Dean of students and all the stake holders like TNM, Airtel and Alumni Association members for supporting the competition.
“We have a crisis in Malawi where students are finding difficulties to pay school fees and sustain themselves in the public universities. As such the Poly Alumni has carried out several initiatives to make sure that we assist in this problem,” Kambala.
He further said that they have had functions like a dinner dance, members paying monthly contributions and currently this competition, all these aim at trying to eradicate the challenges faced by students.
The winner Mtisunge Chibwana explained that she joined the competition not for the prize but she just wanted to be part of the people who could assist in fund raising for the less privileged students.
The PSU and the Alumni Association still encourage donations from the public and private sector since the problem is huge.