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KES 37.5m raised for victims via M-PESA

23 September 2013, 19:01

Nairobi - It is at this trying time as a country, that kenyans showed their true nature and 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.

According to officials, as at Monday afternoon, more than 100 000 Kenyans had sent more than of KES 37.5 million (about US$ 428572 ) to the M-PESA PayBill number (848484).

Mobile network operator, Safaricom Limited, set up the number on Sunday, to enable well wishers to donate funds that will go towards the Kenya Red Cross emergency and humanitarian support services for the Westgate tragedy.

Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore said that, “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."

Collymore added that the funds will be administered by their partners; The Kenya Red Cross Society, as he urged Kenyans to support the cause, in any way they can.

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.

The Red Cross needs more than KES 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," Gullet said.

The Kenya Red Cross boss went on to add that, "The Kenyan giving spirit never ceases to amaze me and I would like to call on all of you (Kenyans) not to tire because the task ahead may be daunting but with your help, we will overcome Further, I would like to reassure all Kenyans that we will account for every penny received towards this worthy cause.”

Scores were killed this past weekend after a terror attack at the upmarket mall, with over 175 others injured and requiring blood transfusion in some cases.

- CAJ News



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