The Women’s National Democratic Club on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, hosted Olivia Giles to raise funds for her charity 500 Miles Foundation.

500 Miles is a Scottish Charity founded in 2007 to help people with mobility difficulties and to give them a chance to live independent lives. As a quadruple amputee, Olivia Giles knows how important that independence is.  Olivia was working as a lawyer in 2002 when she contracted meningitis and had to have her hands and feet amputated to save her life.

The Malawi Ambassador to the US, Necton Mhura who introduced Ms. Giles at the event, expressed his gratitude and support on behalf of the government of Malawi for the good work being done.

“It is not just the production of the prosthetic devices that we admire and support; rather it is the difference they make to the ordinary Malawians who receive them. I am proud and happy as Ambassador, to be associated with this event to support Olivia Giles. I am most delighted, as a Malawian, to be here to help promote this event, and the work being done by 500 Miles,” said Ambassador Mhura.


Ambassador Mhura encouraged everyone at the event to spread the word to others in order to help many more get back their lives, not only in Malawi, but in other developing countries as well.

Olivia Giles was recognized for her work by the Queen of England by awarding her the title of OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 2010. In January 2015 she was named the winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian award. Olivia Giles has received numerous awards for her service to others. She received an honorary doctorate in 2007. She has also campaigned for the awareness of meningitis around the world.

Ambassador David Newman of the Embassy of Botswana was also present at the event and introduced Ambassador Mhura.

500 Miles has built two facilities in Malawi where it makes prosthetic and orthotic limbs and devices, in Lilongwe and Mzuzu and is planning to build another facility in Zomba. It also operates in Zambia.