, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 8 – The Mercy Train pulled out of the Nairobi Railway Station on Friday morning on its second and final mission to distribute food aid to Western Kenya.
So far the Capital FM co-sponsored campaign, has raised Sh21.8 million in cash and food worth Sh6 million.
National Assembly Speaker Kenneth Marende, who was the Chief Guest, noted that the initiative had surpassed its target by Sh7.8 million.
“I salute you Capital FM and other partners for this noble initiative. I’ll urge other Kenyans with ability and goodwill to emulate your kind gesture in promoting this noble course,” Mr Marende said.
The Mercy Train laden with relief food will travel to Longonot, Suswa, Kariandusi, Mbaruk, Turi and the Mau Summit.
Speaking at the same time, Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet said the two day journey would benefit thousands of needy Kenyans.
“Today we are here to go to the Western part of the country that we have assisted but maybe not to the same extent that we have assisted the Eastern, Coast province, North Eastern and the Northern Rift,” Mr Gullet stated.
Capital FM Programmes Director Seanice Kacungira said the station would continue supporting such initiatives in the future.
A group of corporate organisations had launched the initiative in an effort to raise money and food to help thousands of Kenyans affected by drought.
In the Initiative, the Standard Group, Tuskys Supermarkets, Capital FM, KCB and Kenya Railways had aimed to raise food and cash worth Sh20 million, to feed the hungry in a campaign called, "Tuungane Tuokoe Maisha."
The shareholders agreed to channel the donations through the Kenya Red Cross for distribution to targeted populations. As part of the agreement, Kenya Railways, in collaboration with the Rift Valley Railways, promised to drop the relief consignments to areas within their network.