19 October 2018

Malawi: Poly Catholic Alumni to Raise Funds for Needy Students

The Polytechnic Catholic Alumni Society (POCAS) has organised a fundraising big walk aimed at raising money to assist needy students at the college.

Chairperson for the organising committee, Joseph Dongolosi said the event will take place on October 20, 2018 from the Polytechnic campus through Chichiri Shopping Mall, St. Columba, Kudya, Mount Pleasant to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and back to the campus.

Dongolosi said the former students decided to launch the Scholarship Fund with the Catholic Students Organisation after receiving a lot of cases where most of the students were struggling to pay tuition fees.

"Our ultimate goal is to support the neediest Polytechnic Catholic students by the end of this academic year. So far, we have received 31 requests and that will cost us about K40.1 million," said Dongolosi.

However, Dongolosi described the challenge as a huge one since they cannot raise the funds on their own.

He, therefore, called on the corporate community and all well-wishers to help them with funds to raise the required amount.

"Some of the students that will benefit from this fund are the students who have received partial support from the government," Dongolosi added.

Commenting on the development in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), President for the Polytechnic Students Union, Jaffet Nthala commended the Catholic alumni community for the support it renders to the students, saying it is a big relief.

"It is delight to notice that the alumni are coming in to support us, as we all know, government is also trying to support. However, there is still a gap. The coming in of this support will lessen some of the problems, we are thankful for the support," said Nthala.

Polytechnic Catholic Students Organisation was established to integrate the spiritual and academic skills of the Polytechnic Catholic Alumni towards the development of the Catholic Church in particular and the society in general.

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