From left to right: Ted Celeste, Terry Davis, Arnett Howard, Karen Heiser, Steve Heiser and Bobbie Celeste
In early March, Dr. Terry Davis led a small group to Kenya to witness all that is happening at Rafiki Children’s Center. The group consisted of fellow Rotarian Steve Heiser from the Columbus Club and his wife, Karen, a colleague at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Also along were Ted and Bobbie Celeste, pillars of First Community Church, which has been a huge supporter of Rafiki. Rounding out the group was Arnett Howard – a very popular jazz musician in the central Ohio area. Reverend John Nganga was able to join them from Florida.
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On August 3, 2013, the Rafiki children took to the streets for the Rafiki AIDS Ministry 8th Annual Walkathon. They were joined by visitors from the United States (including Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania), the Rotary Club of Kikuyu, and many other surrounding community organizations and supporters. Despite the cold and rain, so many people turned out to raise funds for this most worthy cause. Bishop Nathan and other pastors did a great job of leading the dedications and all the prayers of thanksgiving. Three hundred ninety (390) trees were planted on that day.
Rafiki orphanage and friends lead the Walkathon
Rafiki kids and guests gather before the Walkathon
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One measure of a really successful and sustainable project is the level of local community support. There was no doubt about that support as we witnessed when the Walkathon took place on Saturday morning. A march from the Wida motel, through the town of Nderi, to the Rafiki campus was a magnificent event. Led by the Salvation Army band, and preceded by warm ups for the crowd by a local fitness guru, the march ended with a Harambe which raised over $10,000 for Rafiki. The Nairobi North Rotary Club, our steadfast supporters in this effort, and President Evans was present and leading on Saturday as he was on Friday.