KENYAN ACTORS PARTICIPATE IN THE RELAY FOR LIFE TO AID CANCER PATIENTS
It is estimated that 28,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Kenya each year, with more than 20,000 deaths annually making it the third killer disease. The most frequent cancers in women are of the breast and cervix, and prostate and esophageal cancers are most common in men. In Kenya, 70-80% of cancer cases are diagnosed at late stages, when effective treatment options are limited. The majority of cancer patients whose disease is in fact amenable to treatment cannot afford the necessary cancer care—as cancer treatment costs on average KSH 300,000 per person.
Kenya’s acting fraternity early this year lost one of their veteran actresses Elizabeth Aruwa to cancer while Veronica Waceke is still undergoing cancer treatment. It was therefore very noble for actors and well wishers to come out and participate in this year’s relay for life when the call was put out.
Relay for Life (www.relayforlife.org) is an American Cancer Society franchised Cancer extravaganza geared to awareness, fundraising and advocacy. It is a 24hr non-stop affair involving thousands of participants in teams of 10- 15 who pledge to keep a sponsored member of their team on the track at any one time throughout the 24 hours. The event involves Celebrating cancer survivors and care givers, remembering those who passed on due to cancer and developing a strategy to deal with the disease. Kenya Cancer Association partnered with Kenya Cancer Foundation in America in this inaugural event that was held at Nyayo Stadium on the 14th-15th of June 2014 between 2pm to 2pm the following day. Some of the activities included the Survivors Lap around the track, Luminaria Ceremony, free cancer screening and check up, food, drinks and entertainment.
The goal of Relay for Life 2014 Kenya was to raise Ksh.300 million for treatment of at least 20 adults and 10 pediatrics cancer patients from each of the 47 counties.
A team was made up of 10-15 people who register and come up with a means of raising funds. Each team was required to raise a minimum of KES 20,000. In the actors team, the actors who took part in this event included: Veronica Waceke, Jacquey Nyaminde, Helena Waithera, Sam Kihiu, Anjella Nancie, Linet Ouma, Neomi Nganga, Irene Ayimba, Lorraine Ochiel, Mugambi Nthiga, Gerald Langiri, Larry Asego, Mukami Munene and Caroline Wangui.
Churchill show comedians, Sleepy David, Chipukeezy, Smart Joker, Zedi, Butita were also at the event to entertain the crowd. Allan Weku and Ken Waudo from churchill show creative team were also present.
A big thank you to Josephine Wambui Gichira from Kenya Cancer Association for the hospitality accorded to the Wasanii team.
Below are pictures from the event. See more here.
Jacquey Nyaminde aka Wilbroda addressing the crowd
Larry Asego on the track
Irene Ayimba having a hearty moment
Linet Ouma and Lorraine Ochiel sharing smiles.
Chipukeezy on the track
Gerald Langiri with Josephine Wambui of Kenya Cancer Association
From Left to right: Jacquey Nyaminde, Irene Ayimba, Neomi Wambui, Carol Wangui, Mukami Munene and Sam Kihiu after the luminaria cermony.
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