NAIROBI, March 4 – The third First Lady Half Marathon will feature a Special Olympics team in the event to run on Sunday.
The 20 athletes aged between 15 and 20, who are drawn from different parts of the county, will be supported by telecommunications service provider Airtel.
The team has been training for the past two weeks in preparation for the annual event and were this morning joined by Airtel employees from both Kenya and Africa Group offices led by the company’s CEO Adil El Youssefi for a training.
“Airtel is pleased to support the Special Olympics team to run for a good cause as well as uplift their abilities to realize their full potential in life,” El Youssefi said.
Special Olympics Kenya National Director John Makathimo added, “We would like to thank Airtel for the support that will give our young special Olympians an opportunity to participate in this year’s Beyond Zero Half Marathon for the first time.
“Special Olympics Kenya athletes with intellectual disabilities have continuously demonstrated courage, going beyond their disabilities to show the world that given the chance, it is possible for one to achieve their dreams.”
The company has entered a strong team of 182 employees following a commitment by Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria to the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta last year, when the firm donated a mobile clinic in support of the Beyond Zero campaign.
The race is aimed at raising funds for the provision of mobile clinics in order to improve healthcare access in remote areas.
This year, the campaign is targeting to have more people participate in the competition following a successful participation of over 15,000 people last year.