Mater Heart Run to be held on 21/05/2016

This year’s Mater Heart Run will be held on Saturday 21/05/2016 simultaneously in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Machakos, Mumias and Nyeri.

The Mater Cardiac Program begun 20 years ago, when The Mater Hospital realized  that very little cardiac work of good quality was being carried out in the region. Patients who were financially endowed had to go overseas for treatment. Large majority, many of them children, had no recourse to quality Medicare and were destined to a sickly life and premature death.

The Mater Hospital therefore, started a cardiac program in 1995 to cater for children from economically disadvantaged background and the first open-heart surgery was performed in 1996. This was in line with the Values of the Sisters of Mercy, which emphasize on compassion for all and seek to uplift the lives of the underprivileged in society.

To date over 3093 heart procedures have been performed courtesy of the support from well-wishers.

In 2008 Mater Hospital started free cardiac outreach screening camps all over the country to screen for heart ailments and educate the community about the acquired heart disease, which is preventable, but could lead to death if ignored.

The Mater Heart Run was started in 2002 as one of the main fundraising avenues for the Cardiac program. Initially held only in Nairobi, the Heart Run has grown other counties over the years.

In 2015 run a total of Kshs. 88,700,235 was raised. This enabled the hospital to have three very successful cardiac missions with 130 heart surgeries and 112 catheterization procedures done by local doctors and partners outside of Kenya.Mater was also able to hold seven free cardiac outreach camps in various counties through which 18,439 children benefited from free Rheumatic Heart disease screening and health education.

Mater Hospital seek your support in this year’s Run through purchase of Heart Run merchandise or cash donation as they strive to save many more children.

T-shirts will cost Kshs 1,000, Shorts Kshs 700, Caps/Hats Kshs 400 and Kshs 300 for wrist bands. Cheques are payable to Mater Hospital Heart Fund.Tshirts are available at Nakumatt,Tuskys and Naivas Outlets

The run whose aim is “Touching a Child’s Heart” will be held in Nairobi at Nyayo National Stadium starting from 7:00 Am.In Mombasa it will be happening at KPA sports club Mbaraki while in Mumias it will be held at Booker Academy.

In Kisumu ,the event will go down at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground from 8:00 Am while in Machakos the event will be held at Kenyatta Stadium.In Nyeri,the vent will be at Kamkunji ground starting at 8:00 Am

For more information please contact the Mater Heart Run Secretariat through Dorothy Kirori on: 0733-500055 email: dkirori@materkenya.com or Roseanne Nyabera on: 0706-672666 Email: rnyabera@materkenya.com