Safaricom has announced its sponsorship of Kshs. 1 Million for the 13th edition of the Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run scheduled to take place in Kikuyu on 8th June 2019. This is in addition to providing security and ambulances for the event whose target for the year is to raise Kshs. 10 million, in kind and cash that will be used to distribute 200 white canes for visually impaired people across all 47 counties.
“This year our goal is to distribute white canes to enhance mobility for visually impaired people. This will have a positive impact on their lives because they will be able to move around on their own in their places of work, business and school,” said Henry Wanyoike, the founder of the Henry Wanyoike Foundation. “Last year we raised Kshs. 5 million which we used for various projects; we distributed white canes and wheelchairs, and supported a nursery school run by Henry Wanyoike Foundation for over 70 vulnerable children, besides planting over 3,000 trees in Kiambu County,” said Mr. Wanyoike. This year’s categories will be the nine kilometres for seniors and juniors, wheelchair races as well as the 3.5 kilometres for veterans and children.
“As part of our commitment to offer a platform for athletes, we have been supporting the Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run since its inception. We are proud to be part of this noble race once again and we are happy that the funds raised will be used to ensure that as many visually impaired people as it may be possible are empowered,” said Sylvia Mulinge, chief customer officer, Safaricom.
An exciting line-up of athletes is expected at the race including last year’s winners; Rhonzas Lokitam, Kamau Wangui, Robert Ndiwa and Ruth Karanja, Judy Cherotich and Esther Waweru