, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 6- The Mater Heart Run initiative by Mater Hospital is targeting to raise over Sh100 million is this year’s edition expected to take place on May 21.
Mater Hospital CEO Agnes Chege says the target will be slightly higher than Sh70million last year that led to contributions of Sh88million.
She has called on Kenyans of good will to take part in the annual run which is expected to take place in Nairobi, Mombasa, Mumias, Machakos, Kisumu and now in Nyeri for the first time.
“These children have no one else apart from us. They are for our brothers and sisters and so it is us to reach out to those children. Please come out in large numbers,” she said in an interview with Capital FM News.
Chege says Kenyans of good will can participate by buying a t-shirt for Sh1000 for adults and Sh800 for children in all supermarkets as well as Capital FM offices.
Mater Heart Run initiatives raises funds to cover expenses for heart operations on deserving children and the unfortunate in society.
Last year 128 children went through open heart successful heart surgeries, while 113 went through cardiac catheterisation a procedure which does not require heart invasion.
“Before the surgeries, some of these children cannot even play like others, jump or even go to school. And that is why we have stuck with this for almost 20 years now,” she says.
Cyrus Kamau, Capital FM Group Managing Director says the company will this year increase its contribution.
“As a business, once again we have come back on board as Capital Group Limited, to support this noble initiative of taking care of cardiac health issues in young children,” says Kamau.
Capital FM has been the one of the main sponsors of the event for over ten years now, a noble course which has managed to do heart surgeries to over 3,000 children since the first open heart surgery in 1996.
“We believe in the principle of the future as a business, where if you take care of the young ones, then the country has a future,” he added.
Mater Hospital has managed to treat, either through surgery or interventional cardiac catheterisation, more than 3,000 patients in the Mater Cardiac Programme that is supported by donations obtained during the run.