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MANZINI – The lives of women and children from Siphofaneni constituency are anticipated to be improved by the donation of a brand new Toyota Hilux twin cab four wheel drive vehicle, complete with canopy

donated to St Phillips Catholic Mission by the Rotary Club.

According to outgoing President of the Rotary Club of Malkerns Valley, Sifiso Barrow, the complete value of the donation, including maintenance and one and a half year’s insurance for the vehicle is E380 000. She revealed this during the official handover of the vehicle to the mission church, which was represented by Father Peter Ndwandwe and Sister Mary Maqwele, Mother General for the Servites Sisters under the Catholic Church, together with several officers from the mission. The presentation took place at the Catholic Bishop’s house last Friday.

“We are presenting this vehicle for use in providing outreach health services such as maternal and child healthcare as well as home-based care by the clinic of St Phillips parish. This is a gift from the Rotary Club of Denbigh, St Joseph’s Catholic church in Denbigh, Rotary District 1180, the Rotary Club of Malkerns Valley and the Foundation of Rotary International under matching grant number 67436,” stated Barrow in her remarks at the occasion.

She explained that the whole fundraising drive for the project was kick started by a Welsh philanthropist who visited the country a few years back, and was picked up by the Rotary Club of Denbigh in Wales and eventually the rest of the partners.

Donation Accepting the donation, Sister Maqwele said; “We sincerely appreciate the wonderful contribution by the St Joseph’s Parish and Rotarians. The car will be of great help on the gravel roads, especially when we are transporting patients to Good Shepherd and Nazarene hospital in Manzini,” she said.

Father Ndwandwe reiterated these sentiments adding that he is glad to see the “realisation of the mutual exchange and enrichment of the communities of St Joseph’s mission and St Phillips mission as envisioned by Father Brendan of the UK-based parish. “We see in this, a token of religious communion. Our actions in the long run will not undermine your will and intentions,” he stated, pledging prayers for the families of all that contributed

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