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‘Mercy Train’ distributes Sh5m worth of food

By | March 30th 2009

By Philip Mwakio

The ‘Mercy Train’, an initiative spearheaded by Standard Group, distributed food worth Sh5 million in Coast Province alone.

The train that left Nairobi on Friday arrived at the Mombasa Railway Station on Saturday at 8pm.

Food was distributed at Mackinon Road and Samburu railway stations.

Ms Wangoi Mwaniki, a manager with Kenya Railways Corporation (KRC), said locals thronged the stations where the train made stopovers.

"We made it. It was moving to see Kenyans stream into the stations to await the food donations.

Majority of them were women,’’ she said. She said the team had to make special provisions for a woman who had camped at Tsavo railway stationmaster’s office seeking food aid.

Hungry woman

Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort ‘Ozone Kids Club’ members entertain guests during a famine relief fundraiser dinner that raised Sh 2million, for famine stricken coast residents. [PHOTO: ANDREW KILONZI/ STANDARD]

"Though Tsavo was not on our itinerary, we gave the special package to a Nairobi-bound train with instructions that it delivers the same to the station master for onward delivery to the woman,’’ Wangoi said.

At every station they stopped, 350 bales of maize flour and 80 metric tonnes of cooking oil was delivered.

The official added that the campaign dubbed Tuungane Tuokoe Maisha would also see a similar train headed to Western Kenya.

"As soon as we are back in Nairobi, we shall organise to cover the Western circuit,’’ she said.

The ‘Mercy Train’ was scheduled to leave Mombasa for Nairobi last night.

However, it will not be making any deliveries on its way back.

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