Beyond Zero First Lady Half Marathon warms up with Ksh 52.68m donations

Margaret Kenyatta
First Lady fields questions from the media shortly after she led her team in a training session at Kasarani Stadium. Photo: Twitter/FirstLadyKenya

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has received a number of very generous cheque donations on behalf of her Beyond Zero Half Marathon fundraiser ahead of the 6th March 2016 event.

Altogether, the charity has been given an additional Ksh 52.68 million financial boost from both public and private organisations in addition to the Ksh 113 million in cash and kind donations that the First Lady, Margaret Kenyatta received a week ago on behalf of the ‘Beyond Zero’ Campaign.

Among those donating money to the charity fundraiser are Kay Construction Ltd, Britam Foundation (Ksh 5 million), Vivo Energy Kenya (Ksh 10 million), Parapet Cleaning (Ksh 5 million), Reelforge Media Monitoring (Ksh 5 million), Firm Bridge Ltd (Ksh 1.68 million), Kenya Re-Cooperation Ltd (Ksh 5 million) and KCB Group (Ksh 20 million).

The First Lady thanked the donors saying their support will go a long way in helping achieve the goals of the Beyond Zero initiative and that it was benefitting everybody, not just women and children.

This morning (25 February), she was joined by some local media personalities for a training at the Kasarani Safaricom Stadium.

To date, the Beyond Zero Campaign has distributed 36 Mobile Clinics to 36 counties and thee funds raised through this year’s Marathon are aimed at purchasing the remaining eleven fully kitted mobile clinics.

The rest of the funds will be used to refurbish hospital wards and the mobile clinics. The First Lady also plans to set up a state-of-the art hospital for women and children as the ultimate goal of the Beyond Zero campaign.

Last month, the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, generously pledged to sponsor all his High Commission staff who enter the race, which will hopefully be a very costly pledge (for all the right reasons).

If you would like to register for the half marathon or donate to the Beyond Zero Foundation, please visit the First Lady Half Marathon website.