July 24th 2017

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Safaricom puts Sh65 million in community sports initiatives

“We use the event as a platform to promote the rights of disabled people, community integration and also as a platform for nurturing upcoming talent,” said Gideon Gachara, the Race Coordinator.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 04 Jun 2017 14:06 EAT

The 11th edition of the Henry Wanyoike Hope For The Future Run was held at Alliance High School in Kikuyu, Kiambu County, yesterday under the theme: "Your health, your wealth".

Some 15,000 runners participated in the competition, which has been sponsored by Safaricom to a tune of Sh1.5 million and will have two categories: 3km children’s and veterans’ run, and 8.5km race for seniors and people living with disabilities.

“We use the event as a platform to promote the rights of disabled people, community integration and also as a platform for nurturing upcoming talent. Each year, we pick a theme that aims to address a social issue in our society and use the race to communicate our agenda,” said Gideon Gachara, the Race Coordinator.

“On the 11th edition of the race, I am pleased to be celebrating the transformation we are driving in Kikuyu. So far we have been able to provide 400 walking sticks for the visually impaired and 100 wheelchairs. We have also built a nursery school in Kanjeru in Kabete Constituency, where we also run a feeding programme for children from poor backgrounds,” said Race Founder Henry Wanyoike.

The funds raised this year will also go towards providing financial support for the education of orphans and vulnerable children. “Safaricom is dedicated to transforming the lives of the physically disabled by supporting education and environmental conservation programmes in schools,” said Sylvia Mulinge, director for consumer business at Safaricom. 

This will be the third event in the 2017 Safaricom Athletics Series, which was launched last month and will be sponsored by the telecommunications firm at a cost of Sh65 million. The Safaricom Athletics Series will feature a line-up of nine long distance races and three track and field events, bringing the total to 12 events this year.

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