A large number of competitions and big crowds turned out for the eighth annual Freedom from Hunger walk in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday (21 May).
SV Participants in eighth annual Freedom from Hunger walk registering in Uhuru Park, Nairobi
CU Oldest marcher 75-year old Gulam Husain Tayebyee registers
LV PAN Walkers begin trek along roadway
CU, LV & TV Walkers en route (3 shots)
SV PAN Walker carrying shoes
SV Walker at check-point tables
GV Uhuru Park, first man comes in to finish (2 shots)
LV Tired walkers straggling in, then some register (2 shots)
CU Walker's feet being treated (3 shots)
SV Vice-president Arap Moi in crowd shaking hands
CU Water Development Minister Dr. Gikonyo Kiano watches as Moi walks up to water pump and starts pumping (3 shots)
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Background: A large number of competitions and big crowds turned out for the eighth annual Freedom from Hunger walk in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday (21 May). The organisers said they hoped the 1977 walk would raise about 36,000 U.S. dollars.
SYNOPSIS: Walkers registered before the race began in Uhuru Park.
The oldest contestant was Gulam Husain Tayebyee, a sprightly 75-year-old who appeared raring to go.
All the money raised will go towards water development schemes in Kenya's drier regions and races were also being held elsewhere in Kenya. Since the marches began in 1970, more then 720,000 U.S. dollars have been raised in Nairobi alone.
An ironic element about this year's march was that some parts of country have been suffering from floods. But the traditionally dry regions, such as the Rift Valley, remained as arid as ever, so the money is still urgently needed.
Some walkers, like this straggler carrying his shoes, were soon in distress. But completing the course was easier because it had been shortened from 24 miles (38.624 kms) to 24 kilometres to accommodate the older contestants.
Prizes were offered as incentives to those individual walkers or teams who raised large sums.
Those who did last the distance had to have their names ticked off at the register they'd signed at the start. But some discovered that their feet and legs were just not up to it.
Kenya's Vice President, Mr. Arap Moi, headed the group of special guests.
Water Development Minister, Dr. Gikonyo Kiano watched as Mr. Moi studied, then tested, one of the two pumps that were later presented to development officials from the Rift Valley. These were to replace deteriorating equipment that has been in use there for some time.