NAIROBI NOVEMBER 10, 2015(CISA) – A fundraising dinner organized by the Kenya Conference in preparations for the papal visit of Catholic Bishops has netted Sh124.5 million.
The dinner took place Friday November 6 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
Former President Mwai Kibaki who was the chief guest gave Sh5 million while President Uhuru Kenyatta donated Sh10 million.
Telecommunications Services Company, Bharti Airtel donated Sh10 Million towards the kitty which will be used to set up a service delivery activity in honour of the Pope.
The former President said that the Papal visit gives Kenyans “an opportunity to reflect on the seamless integration of spiritual and human welfare as it gives a chance to appreciate how service to humanity and common good to enhance the collective purpose.”
“This exceptional visit by Pope Francis presents us with a unique opportunity to appreciate our country, region and continent afresh. This is an opportunity to appreciate our motherland and reaffirm our common destiny,” the former President added.
Speaking during the same event John Cardinal Njue, described the visit as a “real blessing” for the Church and the nation, adding that “Kenyans will have an opportunity to reflect on the Pope’s aspirations of selflessness, attention to the poor and the environment.”
At the same time, Airtel unveiled a portal that will enable the over 14 million Catholics access religious information through their phone on the Airtel network.
One can access the Catholic portal by dialing Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Code 0900730777 free of charge.