Monthly Archives: May 2014

OVER 20 CORPORATES GATHER FOR THE 1ST EVER FARAJA WHITE WATER RAFTING CHALLENGE

On the 24th and 25th May 2014, Faraja Cancer Support Trust hosted the first ever White Water Rafting Challenge at the Tana River in Sagana. The two day event held in partnership with Savage Wilderness was in a bid to raise funds to support the charity’s activity s in providing complementary support services to cancer patients, their families and care givers.

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On Board: Tana Bananas team consisting Faraja volunteers and staff

It was a weekend packed with rafting, adventure, nature, and fun with the Africa Yoga Project available to provide the much needed yoga sessions to stretch out everybody’s limbs before they embarked on the 3 hour white water rafting journey. A total of Ksh2.4 million was raised from the event, thanks to individual donations and the teams sponsored by companies. These teams were mainly drawn from banks, accounting firms, law firms, government organizations as well as schools. The participating teams included: PKF, KRA, Deloitte, Murphy’s Law, Starehe Boys teachers, PWC, KPMG, Tax wise consulting, Lancet, NIC, Africa Cotton, Viva Africa, Cancer Care Kenya and Faraja.

In addition to this, over 100 spectators made it to Sagana for this great cause. The winning teams on Saturday 24th May included PKF EA with Deloitte teams taking 2nd and 3rd position. Sunday 25th May winners included KRA, with Faraja team coming in second and in third were a tie between Murphy’s Flaw (music group) and Starehe Boys teachers. Overall winner for the two days was a tie between KRA and PKF followed by Deloitte teams. An award was also given to the team that raised the most money and this went to Faraja team which raised Ksh 450,000!

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Lancet Kenya team paddles through the Tana River rapids in Sagana. Back: The youngest rafter on board

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From Left: Nereah Amisi (Fundraising Manager), Sonal Sejpal (Trustee), Shaira Adamali (Managing Trustee) receiving a cheque from KRA team

Faraja provides complementary therapies such as Lymphatic drainage, nutritional counseling, yoga, reiki, reflexology, and counseling all of which aid cancer patients cope with the effects of cancer treatment. These are provided by professional therapists who volunteer their time to Faraja. Support groups for Prostate cancer, Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer are also held once a month at no cost.

Faraja recognizes that complimentary therapies are as essential as access to treatment. With the rising number of cancer patients, Faraja seeks to provide these support services to the growing number of cancer patients.The funds raised will go a long way in supporting cancer patients and their families in fighting cancer.

Based on the success of the White Water Rafting event, Faraja is working towards making it an annual event!

Faraja is also currently working on two projects, building of a medical endowment fund to provide financial assistance to patients who cannot afford it and opening of a satellite Faraja office at Kenyatta national hospital, one in Kisumu and another in Mombasa; and are calling upon stakeholders to join in and support them in these initiatives.

 

Regards

Faraja Cancer Support Trust Team

 

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