“Upon going through the wards today, I was given a distressing reminder that there are who people are born with deformities, lose their limbs or the use of their limbs due to accidents, diseases and even poverty. Many of them also lose their livelihoods, homes or families – and the most vulnerable even die,” said Chawala.
“We, as FDH Bank, are proud to support an organization such as 500 Miles, which strives to give back to these same people their lives by making prosthetic and orthotic devices as accessible and as affordable on a long term and sustainable basis. Upon interacting with the 500 Miles team, I clearly see the passion and initiative that the team players have for this cause which is without doubt noble and must be commended.”
In his remarks, Samuel Walker, 500 Miles Mzuzu Manager said the donation is timely as it will help patients with mobility problems to move again and be more functional in their communities.
He said the support will keep people moving forward towards their dreams.
Walker said since the organization opened a branch in the region in 2010, people’s lives have changed. “We have lots of examples where people travelled long distances to Blantyre and Lilongwe to get these services, but since we are here, they have access to devices,” he said.
The hospital’s surgeon Dr. Douglas Lungu said as the hospital is located far from the centre of business it does not get more donations from banks compared to counterparts in other regions. He said 500 Miles takes on a challenging position as limb cutting is a traumatic surgery to perform