On Saturday, Department for International’s Development (DfID) Country Head Julius Court flagged off the 13th Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run in Kikuyu town, Kiambu County.
Speaking at the start of the race, Mr Court said: “I am delighted to be here today, and I want to start by saying a massive well done to everyone who ran, walked or supported today’s run in whatever way.
“It is because of people like you, that sport plays such an important part in championing the rights & celebrating the achievements of Kenyans living with disabilities.”
At last year’s Global Disability Summit, Safaricom launched a new strategic partnership between UK and Kenyan companies, encouraging them to take disability inclusion seriously. Following up on their commitment, the mobile operator sponsored this year’s race which saw over 8,000 participants taking part help raise the funding required to provide 200 white canes for visually impaired Kenyans across all 47 counties.
Michael Njenga and Lidya Njeri were the new champions of the event and both took home Ksh 15, 000.
Last year, the race raised Ksh 5 million which was used for various projects including; distributing White canes and Wheelchairs, supporting a nursery school run by Henry Wanyoike Foundation with over 70 vulnerable children and planted over 3,000 trees in Kiambu County.
This year’s categories included; 9kms for seniors and juniors, wheelchair races as well 3.5 km for veterans and children.