Nairobi families climb KICC to open support centre for terminally ill children

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Kenyan families have a chance to contribute towards the opening of a children's support centre for terminal illness by walking up the 23 floors of Kenya International Conference Centre (KICC).

Dubbed HCI Kids Connect, the charity event will see families participate by buying a t-shirt of Sh1000.

“What are we doing is raising money so that by next year we can open a centre for children suffering from terminal illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS,” said Catherine Wambugu, the event organiser.

The charity event will not only see families contribute towards a worthy cause but also exercise their muscles in the process.
“We will be climbing to the top of KICC at the helipad, all the way up to the 23rd floor by using the stairs,” said Catherine.

Catherine, herself a cancer survivor saw it fit to set up the centre as a way of giving back to the society.
“Around five years ago I was diagnosed with leukemia and was informed that I would not better because it was very rare in adults but miraculously here I am,” she said.

Looking around, Catherine noticed that when it comes to cancer, not much focus is given and through the centre she would like to change this.
“Cancer is very hard on children because they cannot even grasp what is happening. Through the centre I would like it to act as a support centre where they can get counseling, meet other children like them and also to just a space outside hospital where they can be normal children,” she said.

The children's centre which is set to be opened in February next year has already identified property that is currently under renovation.

HCI Kids Connect will take place on Sunday December 13 2015 at KICC from 10am to 1pm. For more information, call Catherine on 0701 172 164

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