KenyaKenyans raised over 20,000USD (2million KShs) in hour to help a young girl raise funds for a cancer treatment.
13 year old Bianca fighting breast cancer was hosted on a local television show that brought her to the attention of well wishers that gave generously.
The teenage had only 120USD (12,000KShs) in her mobile money kitty when she started the show but by the end of broadcast she has over 2 million Kenyans shillings to access medication.
The host of the show, Jeff Koinange, quoted the figure at the end of the show. It turned out that donors continued giving even after the show. The donation had hit 3 million shillings as at midday of Thursday, August 29.
Kenya boasts a very vibrant social media space – especially with respect to Twitter. Kenyans have in the past used the platform for activism on a wide range of issues from politics, justice, entertainment etc.
In a recent case; outrage on Twitter “forced” authorities to pay attention to an ailing giraffe in a national park. The rothschild giraffe, an endangered specie, was suffering from a bone tumour.
“Led by Dr. Titus Kaitho, our vet team administered a palliative treatment of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs and the giraffe will be closely monitored,” the Wildlife Service wrote on Twitter.
Some took to Twitter to express their solidarity with the 13-year-old cancer warrior