I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Annual KRCS Gala at the Ngong’ Racecourse this past Friday, 18th November.
It is the first gala I’d ever attended of my own accord. The only other similar events I’d attended before were the COYA awards, either because my dad was presenting or showing support for companies he’d consulted for before.
The office got ten tickets and seeing as it was Friday, I couldn’t miss out – just in case I ended up having a lazy weekend indoors (which is exactly what I did).
Since I was about eight years old, I’d always dreamed of getting involved with a humanitarian organization like The Red Cross or UNHCR to give back to society but to date, the opportunity has never presented itself before. This interest was probably compounded by the fact that I grew up a few meters away from The Kenya Red Cross offices in South C. I didn’t understand exactly what they did at that tender age, but I knew it was something good. One of the most memorable memories from my childhood of a humanitarian organization saving someone’s life is of this lady who gave birth on a tree during the floods and got rescued by a helicopter, does this sound familiar to anyone?
The idea of uplifting someone else’s life – especially through designing homes or healthcare institutions- has always been a dream of mine since I decided to pursue architecture as my career. I hope I do get the chance to work with such amazing selfless institutions that will hopefully give me the chance to give back to society. I do believe every human being has the right to a decent home, health care, nutrition and education.
Now back to the gala. Every year, KRCS hosts a fundraising Gala to generate funds for their own disaster kitty. Funds for the kitty are used to respond to humanitarian needs during emergencies. This year’s was a little bit more special as it marked the 51st year KRCS has been serving Kenya!
We got to the venue at around 7 pm and started off at the snacks tent; socializing, eating chicken wings, samosas and some soft drinks. The catering was provided by the BOMA Hotels. Thereafter, we moved to the main venue a few meters away where dinner would be served – and then detailed presentations were made about the good work The Kenya Red Cross Society does for our country.
I had a great time, and I’m glad I got to know more about the KRCS.
To support their cause and get an in-depth understanding of their good work, check out their website and download their app on your phone.
PS. Do good, always 🙂