September 8, 2010 – Spread the Love! It’s actually possible, according to a group of people who have come together to ‘spread the love’ this warm month of September.
Starting with free fuel, free airtime and free carwashes, the Spread the Love team are planning to clean up rivers, schools and police stations among various other activities.
Musician Kanjii Mbugua who is in the STL secretariat, says this second edition of Spread the Love will focus more on community and loving by action.
“Last year, we had a concert with Kirk Franklin. It was the main event with Spread the Love conceptualised into it. This time round, we will have a month of activity which will culminate into a concert at the beginning of October.”
Amani Maranga, director of 360 degrees, says this time they are taking a three-pronged approach; awareness, acknowledgement and action.
“Kenyans are very suspicious people. This (Monday) morning when we went to pay for free car washes, some refused and said no one should touch their cars. It was the same with fuel. The only thing people did not refuse was airtime,” he joked, adding that something needs to be done to reverse this.
And as suspicious as Kenyans are, Pastor M of Mavuno Church, one of the sponsors of the Campaign, says this attitude can be changed.
“The projects we have had are already making a difference. People are sceptical about love. When we went to paint the Langata police station, the officer in charge was expecting that we wanted something in exchange. But once they realise there’s no catch, it changes everything,” he told Capital Lifestyle.
The campaign is targeted at Kenya’s growing middle class, which STL feels can make a huge impact to better the city of Nairobi.
“Nobody likes to hear about contributing money. So if you want to give money towards this campaign, fine. But we are more interested in you giving your time to join these initiatives,” Amani added.
The list of activities is as follows:
Roll and Bowl – Bowling Fundraising Village Mkt
Langata Police Station facelift (staff quarters)
7th & 8th
Mbagathi Primary Sch – painting & rehabilitation
Kilimani Police Station & Mbagathi Primary
14th & 15th
Gladways School Kawangware – painting & rehabilitation
Nairobi Central Police Station – facelift
22nd 23rd & 24th
Makaro Clean Up Campaign – Umoja Area (soccer tournament preceded by a clean up)
Embakasi Police Station – Face lift
Peace Primary School (Mukuru) – painting and rehabilitation
After the work comes the fete in the form of renowned Gospel Artist Deitrich Haddon, his wife Damita Haddon and an upcoming American urban gospel artist Javen will be headlining.
The concert will also see the coming together of Kenyan artistes at the Impala Grounds on October 2.
Sponsors include Mavuno Church, Safaricom, Excloosive, General Motors East Africa, Capital Fm, Royal Media, Hope FM, Family Media, KCB, Twaweza and counting.