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Concert to raise money for starving Kenyans set for next month

Kenyans will get a chance to shake a leg for a worthy cause during the ‘Hunger Relief Concert’ that will take place on April 15 at the August 7th Memorial Park in Nairobi.

The concert is organized by the Kenya Red Cross, musicians and bands, local media houses and a group of event organizers.

It is part of an initiative that aims at providing food and cash donation to the more than three million Kenya who are facing starvation.

There will be a three-week drive in the run up to the concert which will have live performances from various Kenya artistes including Sage, Makadem and Kalahi.

Mathewmatix’s Entertainment Director Mathew Rabala, who is one of the organisers of the drive, said there is the need for Kenyans to come together in response to this crisis.

“The initiative’s mission is to increase awareness and support through the sharing of great music. This is for people in the country who are struggling with food insecurity, and also to teach musicians about the importance of utilizing their art for service in their communities,” said Mr Rabala.

Residents of Baragoi await government officials to purchase their hunger-stricken goats during the official kick off of livestock off-take programme in Samburu North. PHOTO | FILE
Residents of Baragoi await government officials to purchase their hunger-stricken goats during the official kick off of livestock off-take programme in Samburu North. PHOTO | FILE

Amyn Manji of Project 10 Consulants urged well-wishers to come forward and support the noble cause.

“Unfortunately, to quite a large number of us, roofs over our heads, clothes and food on our tables are privileges. We should do all in our power to bless it forward. Someone’s prayers are being answered by your actions, despite how small your donation may be,” said Mr Manji.

The August 7th Memorial Park & Visitor Centre General Manager Natasha Mbugguss said the park stood as a symbol of peaceful cohabitation and was compelled to do what it can to ease the suffering of millions of Kenyans.

INNOCENT VICTIMS

“May the innocent victims of this drought be reassured that we stand together with them through this difficult time. These events have however strengthened our resolve to work for a world in which man is able to live alongside his brother in peace, as tragic as they may be,” she said.

The August 7th Memorial Park will serve as a base operation for the initiative serving as a food collection point, information centre and eventually the host location for the concert which will take place from 11 am to 5 pm.

Food donations include rice, maize flour, pulses (green grammes, beans), cooking oil and salt. All donations should be fortified and certified to avoid perishing while on transit.

The initiative also set up mobile payment options which include:

MPESA

Paybill number: 10000

Account Name: Drought

Airtel Money 

Business Name: Red Cross

Account Name: Drought

EazzyPay 

Paybill: 200000

Account Name: Drought