NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 12 – A charitable organisation that works on childhood cancers on Friday began a three-day walk from Naivasha to Nairobi to raise awareness on the disease and raise funds to offset medical bills for those with financial constraints.
Hope for Cancer Kids said about 80 children were currently admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital with more than half of them having no form of insurance.
An official, Ciku Kimani, said the organisation was partnering with Kenyatta National Hospital and the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) to assist the children.
“We are going to walk in three stages; the first stage is from Naivasha to Kijabe then Saturday will be from Kijabe to Limuru and the last stage will be from Limuru to Kenyatta National Hospital,” she said.
Ms Kimani called on well wishers to support the initiative to help children suffering from various types of cancer.
“The money will be used to get an NHIF card for 60-70 families. We have already paid for about 20 families,” she stated.
“They also have backdated bills amounting to about Sh1 million which we hope to clear. We have a long term plan of raising about two million shillings in six months,” the official said.
According to medics, blood cancers like Leukemia are the most common among children in the country.
Hope for Cancer Kids is a charitable organisation founded in 2008 by parents of children with cancer and their friends. It is run by a team of volunteers with the support of parents.
Its activities are overseen by a Board of Trustees comprising professionals from various fields.