Royal Media Services, other corporates donate to Beyond Zero Marathon


Royal Media Services, other corporates donate to Beyond Zero Marathon
Royal Media Services's Marketing Director, Carol Wanyama and Mike Ngugi present a dummy check to First Lady Margaret Kenyatta as part of contribution towards the Beyond Zero Marathon 2019. PHOTO | PSCU

In Summary

  • The First Lady also received over Ksh.163 million from various other local corporates in support of the marathon slated for March 10.
  • The First Lady said her current focus is on Obstetric Fistula, a condition she said continues to frustrate many poor women including the elderly.
  • The Beyond Zero Marathon will start and end at the Nyayo National stadium and is divided into several categories including the  21km half marathon, the 10 km road race and the 5km family race.

Royal Media Services on Tuesday pledged to provide media sponsorship as part of its contribution towards the upcoming Beyond Zero Marathon 2019.

The First Lady Margaret Kenyatta also received over Ksh.163 million from various other local corporates in support of the marathon slated for March 10.

Besides the cash donations from Beyond Zero’s traditional and new partners, sponsors and supporters, the First Lady also received additional support from Chinese Firm, Huawei Technologies, who presented 50 laptops to support healthcare delivery through the Medical Safaris.

Receiving the donations in an event that marked her first official engagement this year, the 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 impact on the ground is truly amazing. You can feel it and you can see it,” said First Lady Margaret Kenyatta as she thanked the 20 organizations for their support.

The First Lady said her current focus is on Obstetric Fistula, a condition she said continues to frustrate many poor women including the elderly.

All the Chief Executives Officers and team leaders of the 20 corporate donors affirmed their support for Beyond Zero’s healthcare initiatives especially on maternal and child health. They also pledged to mobilize their employees to take part in the forthcoming marathon.

The corporate donors included the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) whose team — led by Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Ikindu Nguze — gave Ksh.30 million while the Co-operative Bank of Kenya gave Ksh.20 million. Kenya Commercial Bank CEO Joshua Oigara led his team in donating Ksh.20 million.

MediaMax, Kass, Nation Group, Capital FM and the Standard Group represented the media fraternity with their donations of Ksh.25 million, Ksh.20 million,  Ksh.10 million, Ksh.12 million and  Ksh.5 million respectively.

The remaining financial support came from Magnate Ventures  and Reelforge, a media monitoring firm, which gave Ksh.5 million each.

The Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT) gave Ksh.3 million while Coca Cola Beverages, Africa and Parapet Cleaning group gave Ksh.3 million and Ksh.2 million respectively. Other donors were the Philips Group who gave Ksh.1.8, and Toyota Kenya Ksh.1.5 million.

The Beyond Zero Marathon will start and end at the Nyayo National stadium and is divided into several categories including 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.

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