The Coast Regional Red Cross Chairman Miraj Abdallah this morning led hundreds of School children, teachers and other well-wishers in a humanitarian walk across Voi City based on the theme “My Red Cross, My Story”.
The walk was organized by
the 4 year-old Red Cross, Taita Taveta Branch led by its Chairman Abdi Satar Haji. Formed on 11 November 2010, the Taita Taveta Branch has already held several blood donation clinics in Schools and elsewhere within the County. The clinics have covered counseling on nutrition involving screening and giving hini messages
aimed at encouraging the adoption of a balanced diet. The Branch has also donated green houses to Schools under the sponsorship of the National Oil Corporation. It has also donated Tom shoes to Primary Schools.
Other Branch officials who took part in the walk exercise were James Ngunzi who is the Branch Coordinator, Treasurer Wilfred Mwawuda , Alex Mghanga and Ex-Councilor Eric Ochieng, among others. The Branch Youth Chairman and the day’s Master of Ceremony Timothy Mwakwari kept the youthful participants busy and entertained by comedian Patrick Maina. Officials of various Corporate Sponsors and supporters of the charity walk including the County Government, Rotary Club of Voi and School heads were also in attendance.
Addressing participants at the Moi Stadium Grounds after the Walk, Mr. Ngunzi appealed to members of the public to join the Red Cross Society. He further exhorted them to go for First Aid training. Former Voi City Mayor Thomas Kibengo Mwatela also addressed the gathering.
The Schools participating in the Walk were Our Lady of Perpetual Succor, Mwangea Secondary School, Bura Girls, Mwakingali Primary School, Mwanyambo Primary School, Kalela Primary School, Mwangeka Secondary School, and Voi Primary School.
By the close of the Walk, a total of Kshs 150,000 had been raised to boost the local Branch’s disaster kitty. The total
figure however is expected to rise, after all participating Schools and other groups submit their final tallies.
The Kenya Red Cross Society is an organization created by an Act of Parliament in 1965. On 22nd May 2013, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta was officially bestowed as Patron of the giant Organization. The Society’s current Board of Governors led by Governor Mohamud Said, a Doctor by profession, includes Pascal Mbeche as First Deputy Governor, Samuel Onywoki Nyairo as Second Deputy Governor and Dr Mohamed Swazuri as member, among others. Dr Swazuri is the current Chairman of the National Lands Commission.
On 15 April 2014, the Red Cross Society of Kenya in conjunction with the Kenya Government through the Ministry of Environment , Water and Natural Resources, launched the Sustainable Environment and Restoration Programme (SERP) at the Nairobi National Park. The Programme is set to benefit 5 Kenyan Urban Centers associated with rivers, including Nairobi River. Hopefully, the Programme may just give Voi River which is currently in its death throes, a lifeline, if the Taita Taveta Red Cross Branch taps strategically into its rich and expansive resource base.
Voi City, Friday May 16, 2014.