Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The CPSK – IRA Cerebral Palsy Charity Walk/Family Fun Day

Report by Namatsi Lukoye

The CPSK – IRA Cerebral Palsy Charity Walk/Family Fun Day was fun-filled and energy packed event. The much hyped event had finally come to be on the 30th of June 2012.  Despite the morning cold, participants including Hon Peter Kenneth, Commissioner Sammy Makove (CEO, IRA), and Mrs. Jardine Mwangeka (CEO, CPSK) had arrived at Nyayo Stadium Kuche Kuche grounds as early as 7.00am. 

CPSK families also reported early and headed straight to the set up clinics for therapy by the CPSK therapists in collaboration with Dr. Elizabeth Kruger of Nairobi hospital.

The event greatly supported by celebrities such as the Red Acapella, Fred Omondi, DJ Pinye, Daddy Owen, Mbuvi, Ng’ang’alito, Ambasada, among others; attracted approximately around 800 participants.

The 9.3 Km walk was flagged off at 8:30 after a warm up session by Mr. Waswa and the participants set off led by the Langata Brass Bad.  

As the participants made their way back to the stadium tired, they were welcomed back by the fun spearheaded by Fred Omondi, DJ Spaxx and Tangi (of Duero Agencies). Mbuvi kept the audience dancing and singing with his ‘Nikilemewa nishike mkono baba’ song.  The Vioja Mahakamani team, Sawala dancers, Bone breakers, made the fun day a success among other entertainers.

The beauty of the day shone even brighter as Daddy Owen and Dennis sang ‘Mbona,’ a song composed to fight stigma for the disabled of Kenya. This fell perfectly with the theme of the event which was, ‘Partnering to Create a Stigma Free Environment’. The Walk was aimed at creating awareness, fighting stigma and raising funds for cerebral palsy (CP) and the required occupational therapy.

Indeed we make a living by what we get, but a life by what we give. 


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