Kenyans give Kes 45m in 2 days
Kenyans of all walks of life have responded overwhelmingly to an appeal by the Kenya Red Cross Society to raise funds for emergency rescue operations for the victims of Westgate Mall tragedy.
As at 12 noon yesterday, more than 100,000 Kenyans had sent an equivalent of Kshs.32 152,451 to the M-PESA PayBill number 848484, with donations ranging from Kshs.10 to Kshs. 50,000. By Monday evening, the figure had risen to Kes 45,863,887 The PayBill number, which was set up on Sunday by Safaricom Limited, has been zero rated meaning that all funds raised will go towards the Kenya Red Cross emergency and humanitarian support services for the Westgate tragedy.
“In keeping with our commitment to positively impact the lives of Kenyans- we have set up a special Zero Rated PayBill Number 848484 to coordinate the fundraising effort towards the medical care and support of the victims of the Westgate Mall Tragedy. These funds will be administered by our partners; The Kenya Red Cross Society. I urge you to support this in any way you can,” said Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.
Since the Westgate Mall crisis, the Kenya Red Cross Society, under the leadership of its General Secretary Abbas Gullet has been at the forefront of providing humanitarian services which include mobilizing the public to donate blood, psychosocial support for the affected, evacuation services and emergency triage services.
Abbas Gullet says that the Red Cross needs more than Kshs.80 million to facilitate these services.
“I would like to thank Kenyans for their overwhelming support-we have seen Kenyans come out in large numbers to donate blood and share the proverbial ten cents to help out a brother and sister in need. The Kenyan giving spirit never ceases to amaze me and I would like to call on all of you not to tire because the task ahead may be daunting but with your help, we will overcome,” said Gullet.
“Further, I would like to reassure all Kenyans that we will account for every penny received towards this worthy cause. Please continue contributing. Asanteni sana,” he added.