Kenyans have responded positively to an appeal by the Kenya Red Cross Society to raise funds for emergency rescue operations for the victims of Westgate Mall tragedy.
At least 100,000 Kenyans had sent a total of Ksh. 32 Million by mid day on Monday through mobile money M-Pesa PayBill number 848484, which was set up on Sunday by Safaricom Limited and by dusk the amount has risen up to Ksh. 45.9 Million. All the funds raised will go towards the Kenya Red Cross and humanitarian support service for the Westgate tragedy. As of 3pm today the contribution stands on 69 Million.
“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. These funds will be administered by our partners; The Kenya Red Cross Society. I urge you to support this in any way you can,” said Safaricom CEO, Bob Collymore.
Red Cross has been at the lead in providing humanitarian services which include mobilizing the public to donate blood, psychosocial support for the affected, evacuation services and emergency triage services.
The General Secretary of Red Cross, Abbas Gullet told the public that the organisation needs more than Kshs.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. The Kenyan giving spirit never ceases to amaze me and I would like to call on all of you 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. Please continue contributing. Asanteni sana,” Said the General Secretary.