ELDORET, Kenya, Mar 18 – The Elgeyo Marakwet County Government led by the Governor Alex Tolgos has come out to support the First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign with a donation of Sh200,000.
Speaking at State Lodge, Eldoret when they presented their cheque, the leaders lauded First Lady Margaret Kenyatta for choosing the county as her training ground ahead of the London Marathon. They assured her of security and cooperation during her stay together with her team.
The Governor said: “We congratulate the First Lady for choosing sports to save lives of mothers and children, adding that sports is a good way of uniting the country and nurturing national cohesion.”
Tolgos noted that the county is renowned for producing world champions and therefore called for cooperation between the national and county governments to improve sporting facilities in the area, which are currently dilapidated.
On her part, the First Lady appreciated the warm welcome she has received since her arrival and during her training sessions in Elgeyo Marakwet County. She concurred with the Governor on the need to improve sporting facilities in the County, saying: “Improved sporting facilities will help nurture talent and create employment opportunities among the youth.”
Receiving the donation, the First Lady appealed to other County Governments, individuals and corporates to support the campaign aimed at improving access to maternal and child healthcare across the country.
The First Lady expressed her gratitude to all Kenyans of good will who have come out to support this cause, saying that their financial and material support is a humbling experience.
Speaking during the brief ceremony, Rachael Ruto, who accompanied the leaders, thanked the First Lady for this initiative and for setting the pace in leading a healthy lifestyle.
“Kenyans should emulate the good example set by the First Lady to help reduce medical expenses occasioned by preventable health problems,” Mrs Ruto said.
The Beyond Zero campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the challenges related to maternal, newborn and child health and mobilizing resources to alleviate these challenges.