Lilongwe — Government says it will continue supporting the Rotary Club of Bwaila in Lilongwe and other organizations of good will to help change the course of the country's destiny.
Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima made the pledge Friday evening in Lilongwe when he graced the Club's induction of its new president, Rotarian Alex Adam, who takes over from Rotarian Patrick Mhango.
Chilima said government was immensely impressed with the Rotarians' charity work in the country and their contributions in helping the underprivileged through various projects across the country.
"It is pleasing to note that through Rotary, FINCA, a micro-financing institution, was established to assist poor people in rural areas access loans for setting up small scale businesses," said Chilima.
"Rotary was also instrumental in eradicating Polio 20 years ago through the efforts of Rotarians when you teamed up with government to set up the Malawi Against Polio (MAP) project. We now say Malawi is Polio free, thanks to the efforts that Rotary contributed."
He further noted that Rotary had also contributed a lot in vocational programmes where doctors from India had performed many specialized operations at Kamuzu Central Hospita in Lilongwe; and the establishment of the Beit Cure International Hospital.
The Vice President specifically hailed the Rotary Club of Bwaila for distribution of wheelchairs to people living with disabilities and also for supporting victims of flood disaster and he hoped for the Club's more support to the families affected with hunger in the country.
Chilima advised the new President for the Rotary Club of Bwaila, Rotarian Adam, to look beyond himself and beyond his tenure and to concentrate on serving communities and the needy.
"The question is not, 'What can I do in just one year?' but 'How much contribution can I make to the club in one year?'And we have to remember that in the end, it doesn't matter who did what or who gets the credit,'" said the Veep.
In his maiden speech, the new President for the Rotary Club of Bwaila, Rotarian Adam, hailed his predecessor, Rotarian Mhango, for ably steering the Club to higher levels in the past 12 months.
"I am taking over at the time the flag is flying very high," said President Adam. "Let's not bring it down: I will need support from both my predecessor and the entire Club to perform to the expected standards."
Rotary presidency is rotational among the Rotarian members and Rotarian Adam will serve for a period of twelve months before another Rotarian, Vijay Mittal, will take over for yet another 12 months.
Rotary International was founded in 1905 by Paul Harris in Chicago, United States, as a non-profit service organization to serve humanity.
To date, there are close to 34,300 member clubs worldwide and 1.2 million individual members across the world, according to available information.
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