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Malawi Red Cross launches 2018 blanket distribution

In line with the organization’s mission of alleviating human suffering and improving the quality of life of the vulnerable people through relief, development and dissemination of its fundamental principles, Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) in partnership with Japanese Blanket for Africa Campaign (JBAC) on Thursday distributed 583 blankets to the needy people of Thyolo district during the 2018 Blankets distribution launch which took place in the Traditional Chief Mchiramwela’s area in the district.

Addressing the gathering during the launch MRCS president Levison Changole said he was happy to note that the people of Japan have yet again sent blankets to Malawi for the 23rd time. He applauded the partnership with JBAC which has seen over 304,850 being distributed to the vulnerable people in Malawi for the past 22 years.


In his remarks, Traditional Authority (TA) Mchiramwela who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked red cross for launching the 2018 distribution program in Thyolo. The TA commended the Red Cross for the kind gesture of the donation of the blankets which he said has come at the right time when the country is experiencing cold weather and Thyolo gets more cold being on a higher ground.  Mchiramwela appealed to the beneficiaries not to sale the blankets but put them to good use. He also advised the people not to snatch the blankest from the orphans.

Blanket distribution is an annual MRCS activity supported by the people of Japan which takes place in may following the Red Cross flag week. A total of 19,200 pieces of blankets, 583 in each district will be distributed this year to 33 divisions in all the 28 districts of Malawi.

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