Safari Classic supports Special Needs Foundation

The East African Safari Classic Rally is proud to support non-profit projects throughout Kenya and Tanzania and we continue to look for ways to give back to all of the areas touched by our unforgettable event.

Our latest donation of 300,000 Ksh to the Sapling Trust Foundation in Nyali, Mombasa will benefit more than sixty children and adults with special needs. Safari Classic Rally director, Raju Kishinani, presented the donation to the Starling Trust Foundation trustees at a colourful ceremony at the foundation’s care centre in Mombasa.

Starling Trust Foundation Trustee and centre manager, Winnie Gitiha, welcomed the continued support from the Safari Classic Rally. “Two years ago, the rally organisers donated much-needed wheelchairs and also provided us with more than enough sponsorship to cover tuition fees for six students. This latest donation will go a long way to supporting our foundation’s work. It also brings attention to the continued need to expand the foundation, as so many people need our help.

“We are currently catering for sixty-one children and two adults, but there is much more we could do with the right backing. Our number one priority is to have our own premises to cater for the growth. It is also important to have the support of popular organisations like Safari Classic. There are many non-profits in Kenya, so having well-known supporters helps to set us apart.”

Why the Safari Classic gives back

“Every time we come here, we experience the pure humanity of people caring for people without an agenda and it is so incredibly moving,” said Raju Kishinani. “Three years ago, we decided that our company should support the work here, but this donation is also part of a private initiative by me and my fellow directors to come out and personally assist such causes.

“Giving back is the most important thing for us as a company and a motorsport event. It goes a long way in ensuring that these children with special needs receive individual attention and I am so happy to be playing a small part. The sheer effort that the team puts into this wonderful foundation always amazes me. ”

As the countdown to the start of the 2017 Kenya Airways East Africa Safari Classic Rally continues, Kishinani is excited to see how several small format tweaks to the world’s toughest rally adventure will play out.

“All is set for the official start on Thursday. Everyone here is relaxed, which worries me a bit, however we are all set for the greatest rally in the world. We have structured things differently for this year’s event, all to ensure that everything moves swiftly, considering the magnitude of this event. So far the mood is good and all is under control.”

Following the pre-rally shakedown event for spectators at Vipingo Ridge on Wednesday, the eighth Safari Classic Rally will start at the Sarova Whitesands on Thursday morning, kicking off the nine-day event for thirty-six cars, drivers and crews. Keep up with all the rally news here or on the Safari Classic Rally social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About the Sapling Trust

The Sapling Trust Foundation is a non-profit special needs school and therapy centre in Nyali, Mombasa. Sapling charges fees to those who can afford it, but also offers subsidies to those parents who cannot afford to pay fees.

The centre provides a wide range of services for children with special needs under one roof, including special needs education through the Individualised Education Programme, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, nutrition advice, sensory integration therapy, hydrotherapy, braille, music lessons, vocational training, parental support group sessions, counselling for children and families and much more besides.

These are all important aspects in the rehabilitation of children with special needs. The aim is to help them live better lives, while also assisting and supporting their families in the challenges they face while caring for children with special needs.

Learn more about donating to the Sapling Trust Foundation here.