Safaricom effort raises Sh8.5mn in nine hours

September 22, 2013
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By 6pm on Sunday, Sh8.5 million had been donated through the M-PESA paybill number 848484, which was launched on Sunday morning by Safaricom/XINHUA
By 6pm on Sunday, Sh8.5 million had been donated through the M-PESA paybill number 848484, which was launched on Sunday morning by Safaricom/XINHUA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 – Kenyans have once again come together in their unrelenting spirit of togetherness and generosity following the devastating attack at the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi on Saturday.

By 6pm on Sunday, Sh8.5 million had been donated through the M-PESA paybill number 848484, which was launched on Sunday morning by Safaricom.

The money will go towards providing humanitarian support to those affected by the cruel attack at the upmarket shopping complex.

“We have set up a special zero rated MPESA number -848484 – for Kenyans to send their donations for the victims of #Westgate,” Safaricom said.

Kenyans also turned up in large numbers to donate blood to those who were injured and taken to various hospitals in the city.

There has been a great need for O negative and B negative blood types.

Most of the injured were rushed to Aga Khan and MP Shah hospitals and were still receiving treatment.

“We are in agreement with the Kenya Rugby Union to also help us get people to donate blood; we don’t know how many pints will be needed but we know the blood banks are always short of blood in our country,” Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said.

According to the government, 59 people died and more than 175 were injured following the heinous attack.

Some Kenyans have also been providing foodstuffs and drinks to those offering various services at the scene.

The Visa Oshwal Centre has also opened its doors to those affected and has been providing a venue where the injured get first aid and where Kenyans can trace their missing relatives.

The Kenya Red Cross and the St John Ambulance have pitched camp at the Centre.

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