FEMALE boxing sensation Esther Phiri yesterday took time off her training schedule to donate foodstuffs worth K1, 720 to relatives shelter at the Lusaka University Teaching Hospital (UTH).
The shelter, formerly known as Mothers Shelter, received 20x25kg bags of Superior Milling mealie meal, cabbages, tomatoes and onions.
Esther of Exodus Boxing Promotions told the recipients that being a woman and mother, she understood the pain and the difficulty of looking after a sick relative.
“I have walked in your shoes many times, so I understand what you are going through. It is not easy especially when you are coming from far parts of the country.
“The sick and care providers need food hence the reason for this donation. I hope this small donation will be helpful,” she said.
She encouraged the women to remain strong as they go through trying moments in their lives.
“I have been heartbroken before, gone through tough situations. But one thing is clear that I always stand up and fight. You are very strong, keep the spirit and never lose hope,” she said.
And Superior Milling managing director Peter Cottan said the company will continue to partner with Exodus Boxing Promotions and give back to the community.
“We exist because of you, so it is our obligation to help those in need. This is not just a one-off thing, but we will still come back. I commend you women for your determination, you are indeed strong” he said.
And Exodus manager Anthony Mwamba said the women, being instrumental in rising good sportsmen and women, needed the support of every one.
Meanwhile, UTH assistant public relations officer Natali Mashikolo expressed happiness that the private sector had the relatives shelter in mind.
“I am humbled by this donation. It is gratifying to know that the private sector is willing to partner with the institution in delivering good health services to the community. You promised last time that you will come back, I am glad you have kept your word. This donation will go a long way in assisting the beneficiaries,” she said.
Esther will face Sandra Almeida of South Africa in a rematch bout for the Women International Boxing Association (WIBA) and World International Boxing Federation (WIBF) title on September 18 at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.