Citrefine Geared up to Support “Open Arms Malawi” 2017 Cycle Challenge

Home to one of the plantations growing the eucalyptus citriodora trees, from which our active ingredient Citriodiol® is derived, Citrefine has enjoyed strong links with Malawi for many years.

We are proud to work with a number of organisations which support Malawi’s local economy and its families, and are delighted to have supported Open Arms’ 2017 Cycle Challenge.

Since 1995 Open Arms has been providing love, shelter, food and medical care to some of Malawi’s orphaned and abandoned children. Maternal mortality rates in Malawi are some of the highest in the world and around 3 million people have no access to clean drinking water. Approximately 11% of the population are HIV+, with 1,000,000 children orphaned.

The organisation was founded by Davona Church and Margaret East, two ladies living in Malawi. In response to the rising number of maternal deaths and the subsequent increase in orphaned babies, they opened the doors of Open Arms’ first Infant Home in 1995 caring for 27 new-born orphaned babies.

In the past 17 years the home has expanded to house nearly 120 children from as young as 12 hours old, in their homes in Blantyre and Mangochi.   Over 300 vulnerable children also receive basic nursery education and a nutritious daily meal in outlying feeding stations. 

Citrefine is proud to have supported their latest fundraising initiative, Cycle Malawi 2017. The exhilarating challenge saw 19 fundraisers undertake a ten-day adventure in September 2017, through some of Africa’s most beautiful landscape.

The children at Blantyre preparing to welcome the cyclists from the Open Arms 2017 Cycle Challenge.

The children at Blantyre preparing to welcome the cyclists from the Open Arms 2017 Cycle Challenge.

Raising much needed funds to support the charity’s work, the trek set off from the bustling trading town of Salima towards Lake Malawi, before pedalling along its shores towards Monkey Bay. On arriving in the old colonial town of Mangochi, the groups were greeted at Open Arms, Mangochi with music and dancing, before meeting the children benefiting from the challenge [arrival video link to be inserted here].

The fundraisers then continued on, journeying south along the Shire River to Liwonde National Park, with hippos, crocodiles, elephants and antelopes for company in the river and on the floodplains. After taking on the magnificent Zomba plateau, a final push across the southern region led them to the lively, bustling town of Blantyre, another area in which Open Arms Malawi is active.

It has been great to have the support of Citrefine, another organisation with links across the UK and Malawi.  By sponsoring Cycle Malawi they allowed us to provide our 19 fundraisers with cycle shirts, which increased the awareness of the event and marked the occasion for all involved. 

Cycle Malawi has been a flagship event for Open Arms and we’d like to thank Citrefine for their enthusiasm and support.  We see this as the start of a close partnership, which we hope will go on to help us care for more vulnerable children in Malawi in the future.
—  Judith Rudolph, Open Arms Malawi 

 Judith Rudolph, Open Arms Malawi