(August 25, 2011) – A special concert at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park bringing together over 20 leading local artistes has been planned for this Saturday as the curtains officially come down on the Kenyans for Kenya fundraising initiative.
The high profile concert will bring to a close a whole month of fundraising activities aimed at tackling biting famine and imminent starvation in parts of northern Kenya which had put the lives of over 3 million Kenyans on the line.
Prominent artistes on the Kenyan entertainment scene among them Juacali, Nameless, Juliani, Wahu, M.O.G, Jaguar, Eric Wainaina, Sauti Sol and Phonotex Band will be performing to the public. Other performers will be Wapi Wapi Dancers, Altimate Band, Linda Muthama, I-emas Dancers, Juma Tutu Band, Ali B, SISO, JIMWAT and Jason Okumu.
Other signature performances at the occasion will come from Jimmi Gait, Allan Aaron, Kanji Mbugua, Neema Ntalel, Kendi, Makadem, Emmy Kosgei, Kidum, Eric Omondi, Jacky Nyaminde, Larry Asego, DJ John and DJ Hassan.
Doors to the concert that will be broadcast live on local television channels will open at 9AM with the first performance slated to start at 11AM all through to 6PM in the evening. An attendance fee of Sh100 will be charged at the entrance.
Funds raised from the concert will go towards boosting the Kenyans for Kenya kitty which has a target amount of Sh1 billion.
Kenyans for Kenya, touted as the biggest such effort ever mounted in the country, is an initiative owned by the Kenyan public and supported by the Safaricom Foundation, KCB Foundation, corporate organizations and members of the Media Owners Association to address a blend of short, medium and long term intervention measures to ease the humanitarian crisis in northern Kenya. The fund is administered by the Kenya Red Cross Society and audited leading firms in the country led by Delloitte.
The fundraising efforts for the public include contributions on Safaricom’s PayBill line 111111, Airtel Money, KCB account 11 333 333 38 and the Orange Money platform.
Other initiatives are contributions at Nakumatt outlets and the sale of specially branded T-Shirts in support of the initiative.
Equally, major fund raising initiatives such as Corporate Pledge Day, Ladies Fundraiser, SME Pledge Day and Kenyans for Kenya Mombasa Initiative have been organized to raise money in support of this campaign.
So far, about 600 metric tonnes of food and medicine has been distributed to Turkana, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa, Moyale, Isiolo, Marsabit, West Pokot, East Pokot and Samburu. The initiative targets to reach over 400,000 children, women and the elderly in dire need of food.