On 14th September, 2019, people from all walks of life gathered at Kiirua Mission Hospital in support of needy patients with Orthopaedic complications for the annual initiative keep walking charity walk.
This year’s charity walk was flagged off at the hospital grounds by the hospital C.E.O Sr. Mary Agnes Nkatha, Lewa Conservancy Director Mr. John Kinoti and Mr. Brian Mutembei. The participants walked a 14 KM distance to the Tuskys grounds in Meru town which marked the finish point of the walk.
Initiative Keep Walking is a CSR project that the hospital in collaboration with the University of Nairobi Orthopedic Department and Kenyatta Hospital initiated way back in the year 2011. The project is mainly aimed at helping those patients that have lost their ability to walk or have difficulties in walking have this ability restored. Since its inception, the project has been running annually.
The charity walk is part of the three phases that constitute the Initiative Keep Walking Project. The other two include a screening exercise that is conducted in the month of June and lastly, the orthopedic surgeries that are conducted in the month of October. In order to benefit the patients, the Surgeons fee and other treatment costs are waived. The funds raised during the walk go towards acquiring implants for needy patients booked for the surgeries in the screening exercise.
The proceeds raised during this year’s project will go towards the support of surgeries for 59 patients that have already been booked for this year’s initiative.