Cosmetics manufacturing company, Glam & Glory, have on Tuesday donated medical materials to Malawi Paralympic athletes at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe before leaving for the Dubai Grand Prix Open Championship slated for 24 March, 2019.
The donated items include: lofnac-H pain and relief spray, ultra-Heat low back pain and Uvblock 30 and sunscreen lotion for people with albinism.
Tiwaonere Banda (21), Prisca Kachule (18) and Alinafe Phuwa (20) and Coach Peter Gent are the ones who left for Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Malawi Paralympic Committee (MPC) Chairperson, James Chiutsi, praised the gesture by the cosmetics company.
“We deal with athletes with special challenges and they need special medication. We had no medication for the athletes, so we are grateful to Glam & Glory for the timely support,” he told a local leading Newspaper.
Glam’s Country Director, Sachin Patil told the Paper that: “athletes cannot fully participate without medication. We decided to support these athletes also knowing that one of the athletes is a person with albinism who needs special medication.”
The athletes will only compete in Field Track, and it will be the first time MPC is sending the representatives without medical personnel due to financial constraints.
The team’s coach also told the Paper that he feels the athletes will be successful, and also added: “The progress in camp was impressive. They demonstrated passion and potential.”
The Paper continues to indicate that: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has funded the trip by providing air tickets and accommodation while Malawi National Sports Council (MNSC) sponsored a two-week local camping.
“The Dubai Grand Prix Open Championship is also a qualifying competition for the 2020 Tokyo International Paralympic Games in Japan.”