13 November 2016 Last updated at: 8:18 AM

Madonna, Hollywood guruz to raise funds for Malawi

American songstress Madonna has together with her ex-husband Sean Penn organised an event aiming at raising funds to be pumped towards the pop star’s charity programmes in Malawi.

The occasion dubbed “Raising Malawi Gig” is scheduled for Faena Forum at Miami Beach, Florida in the United States of America on 2nd December this year. In an act of solidarity, a number of Hollywood superstars will be part of the fundraising night.


Madonna sets sights on fund-raising in Malawi.

Comedian Chris Rock and singer Arianna Grande are among the artists to light up the Raise Malawi Gig. The event with an appetising menu that includes music, art, and other perfomances will be hosted by James Corden.

According to information sourced by this publication, all proceeds from the event will go towards Raising Malawi, a non-profit organisation founded by Madonna in 2006.

The singer in collaboration with her Charity partners, plans to build what will be Malawi’s first Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care Unit. The new facility will be named after Mercy James, a Malawian girl child who was adopted by the pop star in 2009.

This will benefit Malawi’s health sector as it will double the number of life-saving surgeries performed on children every year. It will also provide intensive care after critical surgeries and train specialised Malawi medical staff.

Madonna is a foster parent to two Malawian children, a boy and a girl having adopted them from orphanages. She first adopted David Banda in Mchinji in 2006 and returned three years later to adopt Mercy James in Thondwe, Zomba.

She promised to keep the children in touch with their cultural heritage, by taking them home frequently as one of the conditions for adoption.

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