Supporters of Beyond Zero Friday commemorated the International Women’s Day by raising funds in support of the marathon scheduled for Sunday.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, who is the patron of Beyond Zero, received the financial support at State House, Nairobi, where over 20 organizations affirmed their continued support of her initiatives to make healthcare accessible to mothers, children and vulnerable populations across the country.
Besides the cash donations, the First Lady received a Shs 50 million insurance cover for the over 25,000 participants expected to take part in the 4th edition of the First Lady’s Half Marathon and whose name has been changed to Beyond Zero Half Marathon (BZHM) 2019.
The insurance pledge was given by Jubilee Insurance who also donated over Shs 3 million through the firm’s Regional Chief Executive Officer Julius Kipngetich.
The insurance company will also mobilize doctors from 10 hospitals in Nairobi to be on standby for any emergencies during the Sunday event.
Safaricom, the official communications sponsor of the marathon, brought in an open cheque under which they will provide a State-of-the-art media centre and communication support.
Receiving the donations, the First Lady said the impact of Beyond Zero activities among them the recently initiated Medical Safaris has been transformational across the country.
“Thank you for your continued support. We must continue this journey together,” the First Lady told the partners and supporters including Women in Business who gave over Shs 1.2 million and
members of the National Assembly Lady Spouses Association (NALSA-K), who donated Shs 300,000.
All the Chief Executives and team leaders of the over 20 corporates affirmed their support for the First Lady’s initiatives and pledged to mobilize hundreds of their employees to take part in the Sunday event.
They said they had all been inspired by the First Lady’s desire for a better Kenya.
The corporate executives said the initiatives by the First Lady had touched homes and families all over the country.
The donors included Abbot, a healthcare technology provider, who gave over Sh 13 million. The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) and the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) gave Shs 12 million each.
Other donations came from Diamond Trust Bank Shs 10 million and Kwese Free Sports Shs 6.3 million. Britam Insurance , Grain Bulk Handlers and Babs Security gave Shs 5 million each.
Kenya Power and Beta Healthcare International donated Shs 2 million each while the Ministry of Public Service gave Shs 1.6 million.
The rest of the donations were given by Sports Kenya Shs 1.75 million and the Emergency Medical Services Shs 1.3 million.
Kenya Revenue Authority, Vivo Energy, Murang’a County Government and Bidco Africa donated Shs 1 million each.
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.
Earlier, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta held discussions with senior officials of the Dutch healthcare multinational Philips who visited her at State House, Nairobi.
The discussions centred on collaboration between the office of the First Lady and Philips in matters of health including a possible working arrangement towards the construction of the proposed Beyond Zero Referral Hospital for mothers and babies.
The team from Philips included the Executive Vice President Ronald de Jong, CEO for Africa Jasper Westerink and the General Manager for Business Development Roelof Assies