Comedian Churchill emcees at the #My Vision dinner fundraiser in Nairobi. PHOTO| THOMAS RAJULAComedian Churchill emcees at the #My Vision dinner fundraiser in Nairobi. PHOTO| THOMAS RAJULA
By THOMAS RAJULA

Comedian Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill and all-boy band Sauti Sol on Friday night each donated two Braille machines at charity fundraiser in aid of visually impaired students.

The artistes also provided free entertainment during the event that was an initiative of Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa.

The dinner doubled up as a fundraiser and the launch of an initiative by the charitable trust dubbed #MyVision.

The trust seeks to ensure all students with visual impairment in learning institutions each have a braille machine. They hope to reach a target of 800 braille machines in the next few weeks of the campaign.

Churchill emceed the event while Sauti Sol performed their popular Sura Yako song in a dance-along with the high profile guests and special invitees, pupils from Kilimani Primary School’s Integrated Education Programme. The pupils have visual impairment but learn alongside sighted pupils at the school.

Sauti Sol's Polycarp Otieno and Mudigi Savara chat with Douglas Sidialo, a blind cycling enthusiast and motivational speaker, during the #My Vision dinner fundraiser in Nairobi. PHOTO | THOMAS RAJULA

Sauti Sol’s Polycarp Otieno and Mudigi Savara chat with Douglas Sidialo, a blind cycling enthusiast and motivational speaker, during the #My Vision dinner fundraiser in Nairobi. PHOTO | THOMAS RAJULA

BRAILLE MACHINES

During the event, in under an hour, pledges for 116 Braille machines were made, well above the set target of 100 for the night, thanks  Churchill’s charm, wit and humour.

One braille machine costs Sh80,800 ($800) to purchase, making the artistes’ combined donations to stand at Sh363,600 ($3,600) not including the pro bono input.

Gospel artiste, Denno of the Mbona hit fame, also performed at the event at no charge. He is also an alumnus of Thika School for the Blind, which is one of the recipients of the trust’s activities.

Mo Sound Events donated sound, lighting, screens and video equipment, and operational personnel to the dinner that was held at the exclusive Capital Club, along Westlands Road.

To donate to #MyVision, you can send donations to Mpesa Paybill number 641097 A/c name #My Vision, while cheques can be written to Kilimanjaro Blind Trust Africa, Standard Chartered Bank A/c no. 010283895901.