Standard Group, Green Africa raise funds to support girls

Business

By JOE OMBUOR

The Green Africa Foundation in conjunction with the Standard Group hosted a music extravaganza to raise funds in support of the girl-child.

Dubbed ‘Green Christmas Concert’, the extravaganza brought together several choirs from in and around Nairobi for a three-hour thrilling show that left the audience at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre amphitheatre screaming for more.

Green Africa Foundation Patron, Isaac Kalua, said the rampant corruption sweeping across the country was contrary to the aspiration of a green environment where resources are used for the common good. He said drug dealers were among the enemies of a green environment.

Put smile on faces

"When funds meant for development projects corruptly enrich a few people, that is not green. Ours is to promote a healthy, green environment where efforts are made to put a smile on the faces of the disadvantaged," Dr Kalua said.

St Andrews Choir and, above, thespian Ian Mbugua, perform during the Green Christmas Concert at Kenyatta International Conference Centre.

Standard Group Chief Operating Officer Sarvjeet Channa and Green Africa Foundation Patron Isaac Kalua graced the event on Sunday. [PHOTO: Evans Habil/STANDARD]

"Neither is it green to addict our youth on drugs such as cocaine and alcohol, making them become basket cases in life. Green Africa Foundation has declared war on such vices," he declared.

The Standard Group’s Chief Operating Officer, Sarvjeet Channa, who represented Group Deputy Chairman and Chief Strategist, Paul Melly, said the ravages of global warming were real as seen by the melting of ice caps on Mount Kenya and Mount Kilimanjaro.

"We must make tree planting our priority, turn to green energy and recycle our waste," advised Mr Channa.

He said environmental degradation, much of which can be blamed on poverty and the absence off technological advancement, was partly to blame for the hunger experienced in Africa.

And Kalua added that for Kenya to realise its required forest cover of 10 per cent, 6.4 million seedlings would have to be planted.

"Each of the 38 million Kenyans should plant 138 trees for us to hit the target," said Kalua.

Channa said the Standard Group had made a ‘green environment’ its trademark at its Mombasa Road headquarters where lush gardens and lawns thrive. He urged other companies to follow suit.

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