The 13th edition of Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run is scheduled to take place in Kikuyu next month.
Safaricom has Thursday announced its sponsorship of KES 1 Million for the event to take place on 8th June.
This is in addition to providing security and ambulances for the event whose target for the year is to raise KES 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, world record holder and founder Henry Wanyoike Foundation.
“Last year we raised KES 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, and we planted over 3,000 trees in Kiambu County,” said Mr. Wanyoike.
This year’s categories will be the; 9kms for seniors and juniors, wheelchair races as well 3.5 km 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 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 are empowered,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Chief Customer Officer, Safaricom.
An exciting line-up of athletes is expected at the run including last year’s winners; Rhonzas Lokitam, Kamau Wangui, Robert Ndiwa and Ruth Karanja, Judy Cherotich and Esther Waweru
8,000 participants are expected to attend the run.