Ksh.2.4M in one hour: Kenyans raise funds for Bianca during Citizen TV’s JKL show
Kenyans raised over Ksh. 2.4million on Wednesday night after a plea from Citizen TV’s Jeff Koinange to help raise funds for Bianca Wambui.
During the one-hour JKL show, the 13-year-old girl revealed that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer, had a mastectomy but no chemotherapy due to lack of finances.
“Nakaa nyumbani tu…ningependa kupona na nirudi shuleni…Niliacha kwenda shule…siwezi kwenda nikiwa hivi; wengine wanasema niko na titi moja na hawawezi cheza na mimi,” a teary Bianca said.
“Naskia vibaya kwa sababu watoto shuleni wanasema nikiwakaribia nitawapea cancer…” she added.
It turned out that Bianca’s family had set up a Paybill number (918675) with account name Bianca Wambui to raise funds but only managed to get Ksh. 12,000.
“Nita-survive juu pale nimetoka ni mbali na Mungu yuko na mimi,” Bianca continued.
However, 20minutes after the JKL show host had announced the Paybill number urging Kenyans to support Bianca, the figure had risen to Ksh. 503,500.
An hour later, he tweeted:
Thank You KENYA!! …Thank You for standing with BIANCA WAMBUI. We have raised Ksh 2,442,500 in 1 Hour!!…Thank You FOLKS!!
Let's keep CONTRIBUTING!!
— Jeff Koinange, MBS (@KoinangeJeff) August 28, 2019
On Thursday morning, Bianca’s aunt Maryanne Mumbi told Citizen Digital that the total amount raised had risen to Ksh. 2,830 200.
She intimated that they were in hospital preparing to begin treatment that had previously been too expensive for them.
“… ndio atafanyiwa CT scan ndio anze matibabu,” she said as she thanked Kenyans for their generosity.
Below are some of the tweets from Kenyans who rallied behind Bianca:
Mbuku Michael said on Twitter: “I can’t watch Bianca cry.. Too young sister to understand stigma.. Indeed cancer is a great challenge in present society.. Govt need to put in place measure to diagnosed early cancer Let help this young sister please.”
#JKLive Kenyans are the most beautiful human beings. Showing up in support of Bianca Wambui. Surely one day cancer shall die and stop stealing our beautiful ones.!!!
— Kadzo Gunga (@GungaKadzo) August 28, 2019
Last night's #JKLive is a true manifestation of the Kenyan spirit. The spirit of impossibilities when united to an action of goodwill. We can also transform the health system for Bianca and other cancer fighters in the country.
— Josiscky Rani (@ranijosiscky) August 29, 2019
The kind of humanity in kenya is just on another level. #JKLive
— abuga_snr (@Denzie254) August 28, 2019
Kenyans really can work wonders. We have so far managed to raise ksh 2.5m for Bianca Wanjiru to undergo cancer treatment up from Ksh. 12,000 Which was in her Paybill when she came to #JKLive. Humanity is still alive in Kenyans for sure.
— BRAVIN™ (@ItsBravin) August 28, 2019