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Christians endure long walk to raise funds for Cathedral
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040402-3
April 2, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] Last Sunday was a day of joy for worshippers of All Saints’ Cathedral, Nairobi, after twenty-six members of the Church arrived from a 500 kilometers walk to raise funds to complete construction on a Kshs 100 million (US$ 1.3 million) multi-purpose hall at the Cathedral.

The walk began in the coastal city of Mombasa, and took the participants two weeks to complete. They told of soaring temperatures and fatigue as their biggest challenges while walking. Thankfully, the Kenya Police and Kenya Wildlife Service provided protection against gangs and wild animals.

An area near Tsavo National Park, known as “Man eaters”, is famous for lions that would easily make mince meat of people without adequate protection.

Among the walkers was Provost of the Cathedral, Rev Peter Karanja, Youth Pastor, Rev Tom Otieno, People’s Warden, Maurice Marimi, and the Administrator, Mr Ephantus Mwangi.

At hand to receive the walkers was Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop, the Most Revd. Benjamin Nzimbi, Mombasa Bishop Julius Kalu, Provincial Secretary, Rt. Revd. William Waqo and a host of other high-ranking church officials. Archbishop Nzimbi congratulated the walkers and presented certificates to them.

The walk has managed to raise Kshs 4.5 million (US$ 60,000) so far, and more sponsorship pledges are still streaming in.