In the biggest Freedom from Hunger walk yet organised in East and Central Africa, some 5,000 Kenyans set out from Nairobi over a 25 mile (40 Kms) course on Sunday.
In the biggest Freedom from Hunger walk yet organised in East and Central Africa, some 5,000 Kenyans set out from Nairobi over a 25 mile (40 Kms) course on Sunday. Their aim was to raise 10,000 Kenya Pounds ( about 11,600 sterling ) for the Freedom from Hunger Campaign.
The participants included cabinet ministers, diplomats and church leaders sponsored by various organisations and friends.
SYNOPSIS: More than 5,000 Kenyans have taken part in a massive walk in aid of the Freedom from Hunger Campaign. There objective was to raise some 10,000 pounds ( about 11,60000 Sterling). Cabinet Ministers, diplomats and church leaders were sponsored by various organisations and friends. For each mile they walked a certain amount of money was donated. Police Commissioner Bernard Hinga flagged off the walkers.
The participants set out over a 25 mile ( 40 Kms ) course. President Kenyatta, who was out of the country at the time of the walk, sent a message. He said that such events should always be encouraged as expressing the mobilisation of human resources in the cause of social justice.
The walk attracted a wide range of walkers. Four deaf and dumb boys from a Nairobi school took part... they were sponsored by the school at one shilling a mile. Also taking part were representatives of Kenya's flying doctor service, soft drink companies and banks.
All told, nine Cabinet Ministers, 10 Ambassadors, the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice and the Commissioner of Police lined up along side the rest of the walkers. A Nairobi insurance company produced a scheme to cover, free of charge, all the walkers in case of accident. The Company assured the organisers that they were willing to pay up to 10,000 Kenya Pounds ( about 11,600 Sterling) if any participant met with an accident. The Freedom from Hunger Committee representative in Nairobi, Mr. H. Slade said before the start of the marathon that anybody who wanted to see where the money from the same event the year before had gone could do so by simply writing for a copy of the audited account.