Renowned music artist Oliver Mtukudzi will next Friday be performing at an annual fundraising gala dinner in support of the Nairobi Women Hospital’s Gender Violence Recovery Center (GVRC). Coca-Cola East and Central Africa, will be sponsoring the visit by the music legend accompanied by his 7-man band.
The fundraising event will be held at the Nairobi Arboretum on Friday 25th September. GVRC, Executive Director, Dr. Sam Thenya says that with this year’s event, the institution hopes to raise Kshs. 8 million and benefit over 1,000 survivors. “This year’s theme is HOPE, All is not lost. The theme corresponds well with the GVRC motto of supporting survivors and their families to heal”.
Coca-Cola, East and Central Africa Public Affairs and Communications Director, Mrs. Norah Odwesso said that the company supported GVRC as the initiative has benefitted thousands of violence victims. “We commend the center for the work it has undertaken to the society through its various programme. Their work is also in line with our efforts to contribute towards the wellbeing of the communities in which we operate.”
The Gender Violence Recovery Centre was launched in March 2001. Patients to the center receive various treatments including Post Exposure Prophylaxis prescribed within 72hrs of assault to prevent infection of HIV, emergency contraceptives for women and girls raped, hepatitis B vaccine and theatre procedures when need be, especially for children injured. The centre supports, women, men and children. Counseling is provided for both the survivors and their families. Since inception, GVRC has treated over 14,000 survivors of sexual and domestic violence, the youngest survivor being a one month old baby girl and oldest a 105 year-old grandmother.
Other musicians expected to perform during the upcoming fundraising gala include; Susan Owiyo, Aaron Rimbui and Sarakasi dancers.