As has been tradition, the Kenya Red Cross society held its annual red carpet fundraising Gala Dinner at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) on the 9th of November 2018. This year was no different as the event surpassed guest’s expectations due to the dazzling setup, mouthwatering food and to top it up, it was graced by Kenya’s Deputy President, His Excellency William Ruto.
With an aim of raising funds for the KRCS’ emergency response kitty, this year’s theme was “The Big Give”.
Speaking during the event the Deputy President commended the humanitarian work done by the Kenya Red Cross and encouraged the society to continue with the noble work it has been doing.
“The Kenya Red Cross has consistently remained the most reliable humanitarian organization in our country and we appreciate the work you are doing for our people. I must say that Red Cross is our reliable partner and we shall continue working together,” said H.E. The Deputy President.
He further added that they will be working on strengthening the partnership and relationship between the government and the Kenya Red Cross society, pledging to setup a kitty that will go towards funding the Kenya Red Cross’ work.
The KRCS Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet thanked the Deputy President and the government for their continued support in the humanitarian work. He further spelled out the achievements and challenges faced by the Kenya Red Cross society during disaster response and also mentioned what the organization’s future plans are.
“I am very grateful to the Government of Kenya, every corporate and individual that has supported us today. We do not take your support for granted and as an organization, we will remain committed to our core business which is to alleviate human suffering,” Dr Abbas concluded.
Resources gotten from the annual gala dinner go into preparedness and response initiatives by the KRCS for unprecedented emergencies and disasters which cause destruction of life and property, as well as suffering among mostly the most vulnerable populations. The disasters range from floods, drought, terror attacks, public health emergencies, inter-clan clashes, fires, among others.