Kenya's Vice-President Mr. Daniel Arap Moi led fifteen hundred people through and around Nairobi yesterday?
Kenya's Vice-President Mr. Daniel Arap Moi led fifteen hundred people through and around Nairobi yesterday (13 May) on a 24 mile (40 km.) walk to raise funds for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign.
Walkers included diplomats and schoolchildren, who braved heavy rains in order to raise from sponsors money for school feeding programmes, community supplies, village polytechnics, fish-farming development and nutritional projects.
Last year's walk raised 26-thousand pounds sterling.
Mr. Moi finished the course and told reporters his own sponsors had promised 22-hundred pounds sterling. The walk is expected to raise a total of more than 25-thousand pounds sterling.
SYNOPSIS: Over fifteen thousand people gathered in Nairobi's Uhuru Park on Saturday at the start of Kenya's annual "Harambee Walk for Development". The Vice-President of Kenya, Mr. Daniel Mois, led the walkers as they set out on their twenty-four mile trek around the capital.
Despite the heavy showers, it was the largest ever turnout for the walk. Held in aid of the Freedom From Hunger Campaign, the walk was to raise funds for community development projects throughout Kenya.
If the walkers could complete the course, their sponsors would contribute money to these projects. School feeding programmes, community water supplies, even fish-farming developments -- all would benefit from the walk.
For some the going was tough. and St. John's Ambulance Brigade workers were kept busy.
Checkpoints were established every few miles to make sure tat the workers kept to the course. Each walker had a card which proved to their sponsors that they had passed every point.
Vice-President Moi was still leading his weary but undefeated walkers at the end of the course. The walk is expected to raise at least 25-thousand pounds.