Beyond Zero: Future looks quite bright

It was another first for the First Lady as the Beyond Zero Half Marathon went down last weekend at the Nyayo Stadium.

Wednesday March 9 2016

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta addresses participants who took part during 3rd edition of First Lady's Half Marathon held on March 6, 2016 at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta addresses participants who took part during 3rd edition of First Lady's Half Marathon held on March 6, 2016 at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By BARNABAS KORIR
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It was another first for the First Lady as the Beyond Zero Half Marathon went down last weekend at the Nyayo Stadium.

The race was indeed a major improvement from last year and left no doubt that the future is quite bright. Once again, congratulation to the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her team for not only organising a successful event but also leading from the front.

This time, the First Lady opted to run the 10km race where she was joined by her Rwanda counterpart Janet Kagame all the way to the finish. Various First Ladies drawn from the 47 counties were not left behind too and together, they defied the hot conditions and hilly terrain for a worthy cause of reducing child mortality and maternal death. Fantastic job!

The race has no doubt grown in leaps and bounds considering the first edition had attracted 10,000 runners three years ago. Last weekend, we had well over 45,000 runners lining up for the event. Talk of another success story of using sports as a vehicle for this noble cause and Beyond Zero race will be on your lips. Yes!

The initiative once again proved that sports is a powerful tool that doesn’t only bring about peace and unity but can also save lives.

What started as just an idea is now turning out to be a major initiative that will soon compete alongside the World Marathon Majors including New York, London, Chicago, Boston, Berlin and Tokyo races.

Initially, the ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ had sought to mobilize ordinary citizens, the private sector and other stakeholder to come together to raise funds and provide practical solutions for the nation’s child and maternal health challenges and today, this dream is a reality.

Give it to the First Lady; she has not only been committed to the cause but has also walked the talk from the moment she launched the initiative.

As promised, she has no doubt made the difference for our mothers and children in as far as improving maternal, newborn and child health is concerned and counties can attest to this better. As Kenyans we need to continue supporting the First Lady in the endeavour to raise funds and equip all the 47 counties with mobile clinics.

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