Four men from Embu have embarked on a grueling 749-kilometer charity cycle from Mt. Kenya to Malindi to raise funds for the street children.
The four who run a charity organization known as Moving Mountains Kenya commenced their 10-day distance cycle on Friday after climbing Mt. Kenya to Point Lenana the previous day.
In the course dubbed “Summit to Sea Challenge” Gilbert Njeru, Tony Sawaya, Francis Kioni and Sawaya Junior hope to raise at least Sh. 1.5 million towards a feeding program they run for over 150 street children.
On their journey, the team will make stopovers and camp for the night in various Towns including Kitui and Kibwezi and later embark on the treacherous route of cutting through Tsavo National Park before ending their journey in Malindi.
Besides the street children, Njeru who is the Charity Organization Chair said they also offer meals to children from poor families in several schools as an incentive to parents to send and keep their children in school.
He however said, the number of needy cases has been growing especially in the last one year owing to the hard economic times occasioned by Covid-19 pandemic pushing them to come up with other ways of raising more funds.
Though the challenge was primarily meant to raise funds for charity, Njeru said they also wanted to challenge themselves both physically and mentally to inspire others, especially the young people, that they could achieve whatever they set their mind upon in life.
County CEC Member for Trade, Tourism, Investment and Industrialization Dr. Joan Mwende applauded them for the initiative of endeavoring to better the lives of those in need in the society.
“This is a call to action for the rest of us in the society to extend support to the poor to make their world better,” Dr. Mwende said while flagging off the cyclists.
By Samuel Waititu