By Amos Mburu
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta received over Sh163 million from local corporate in support of this year’s Beyond Zero Marathon slated for March 10th Nyayo Stadium.
Co-op bank on Monday boosted the Beyond Zero Half Marathon fundraising initiative at state house with Ksh 20,000,000.
Group Managing Director and CEO Dr. Gideon Muriuki presented the cheque to the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya.
Mr. Muriuki affirmed the support for the Beyond Zero Initiative especially on maternal and child health noting that its impact is already felt by every Kenyan.
“Co-op bank will always be on the frontline to support such initiative, the first lady is already transforming lives to almost all parts of Kenya,” he said.
First Lady said the Beyond Zero healthcare initiatives, including the recently launched medical safaris, have had a huge impact on health delivery to vulnerable populations especially in hard to reach parts of the country.
The marathon is categorized in various groups such as the 21km half marathon, the 10 km road race, the 5km family race, wheelchair, and tricycle races and a special 2km “pregna” walk for expectant mothers.
The First Lady said her current focus is on Obstetric Fistula, a condition she said continues to frustrate many poor women including the elderly.
Other corporate donors included the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) gave Sh30 million while Kenya Commercial Bank’s CEO Joshua Oigara led his team in donating Sh20 million.
The Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) gave Sh3 million while Coca Cola Beverages, Africa and Parapet Cleaning group gave Sh3 million and Sh2 million respectively.
MediaMax, Kass, Nation Group, Capital FM and the Standard group represented the media fraternity with their donations of Sh25 million, Sh20 million, Sh10 million, Sh12 million and Sh5 million respectively.
Royal Media Services presented the First Lady with an Open Cheque while a Chinese Firm; Huawei Technologies presented 50 laptops to support healthcare delivery through the Medical Safaris.
Magnate Ventures and Reelforge, a media monitoring firm gave Sh5 million each while Philips Group gave Sh1.8, and Toyota Kenya Sh1.5 million among others.