Wanyoike and Kibunja on an inspirational run
21 January 2011
Khaleej Times Online
Visually-impaired athlete Henry Wanyoike and his long-time running
partner Joseph Kibunja shall take to the emirate’s streets on Friday
aiming to raise awareness of preventable blindness.
Wanyoike, the world
record holder for the 5,000m and 10,000m at the Athens 2004 Olympics,
and Kibunja will run the 10km race as goodwill ambassadors for ‘Seeing
is Believing’ – Standard Chartered Bank’s global community programme,
which aims to help 20m people around 20 cities to avoid any preventable
loss of sight.
“Armed with courage
and determination, we have been participating at most of the Standard
Chartered Marathons globally since 2003 and we are really excited about
the upcoming Dubai Marathon,” said Wanyoike, who – through a tether on
his wrist – is totally dependent on Kibunja to steer his path safely
along the route.
“We will continue our
efforts to raise awareness about avoidable blindness and the ‘Seeing is
Believing’ programme and are committed to share our story to inspire
generations around the world.”
Wanyoike lost 95 per
cent of his vision in 1995 after a stroke, with the remainder gradually
diminishing downwards over the next few years.
physical impediment hasn’t stopped his ambitions in athletics – or in
life generally – and the CEO of Standard Chartered UAE, Jeremy Parrish,
hopes Wanyoike’s story resonates in some forthcoming school visits.
“Henry and Joseph’s participation in the Standard Chartered Dubai
Marathon is a celebration of partnership that demonstrates courage and
trust,” he added.
“Their efforts truly embody the Bank’s values and support our aim to combat preventable blindness across developing markets.
“I would like to take
this opportunity to wish them good luck at the race and hope their
participation and visits will inspire UAE youth.”
Wanyoike and Kibunja
will share running trips with students, as well as motivational
sessions, with Wanyoike explaining how he has managed to overcome
adversity and Kibunja extolling how partnership is pivotal in achieving
things that had previously seemed impossible.
The inspirational duo
will also be accompanied by 62-year-old Stuart Horsewood, a Standard
Chartered director, who will be running in his 103rd marathon.
organisers are expecting a record turnout for this year’s three runs
with more than 14,000 participants scheduled to descend on Dubai Media
City for the big day. (Alex Leach)
It is with dear sorrow that we Henry
Wanyoike Foundation announce the death of Mr. Bengt Pflughaupt on 28th
October 2009 from Germany. Bengt has been a personal friend of Mr.
Henry Wanyoike and he is the author of first biography of Wanyoike in
German language – LONG RUN TO THE LIGHT, and a member of the friendship
circle of Wanyoike. His demise was a shock to Henry as they had just
had a wonderful chat over the phone and planned a meeting the following
day in Austria but it was not to be.
take this opportunity Mr. Hendry Wanyoike and Henry Wanyoike Foundation
fraternity to send condolences to the immediate family of beloved
Bengt, relatives and friends.
We thank the Lord for having known Bengt, having worked with him in our charity initiatives and also at personal level.
IN GOD HANDS YOU REST IN PEACE IN OUR MEMORIES YOU LIVE AND INDELIBLE MARK THAT WILL LAST FOREVER.(R.I.P. BENGT)
Henry Wanyoike Foundation
Theresia`s HOUSE OF HOPE
was a wonderful day on 2nd July 2009 for Henry and Joseph when they
started clearing the land where "Theresia`s House of Hope" is to be
built. Together with the youth they were able to clear the bush and
also do the fencing of the land.
It’s a dream come true because that’s what we have been wishing for. Very soon the foundation will be laid off. ...see the pictures...
Henry gives tooth brushes to schoolkids
toothbrushes were sponsored to henry wanyoike foundation during the
hope for the future run. Henry has been going round the schools giving
them to the children. Gicharani primary school is one of the schools. ...see the pictures...
KENYA ORIENTAL HALF MARATHON
Kenya Oriental half marathon took place on 5 th July 2009 at Parklands
Sports Club. Henry and Joseph attended the event though they did not
participate they were able to motivate the young people to keep the
good spirit, stay healthy, eat well and never to give up.
race was sponsored by the Kenya oriental insurance. Also present was
the coach of Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru. The theme of the
race was to promote a healthy lifestyle. ...see the pictures...
Naomi Mwangi - Agriculture in Kenya has been the backbone of our
economy. Most people in Kenya depend on farming of crops or dairy
farming. Dairy farming is mainly practiced by the small scale farmers
who keep one to two cows where they sell the milk so as to get their
diaries are one of the largest dairy that produces a lot of milk that
is used countrywide. Each and every year they organize a show/seminar
where they educate people on how to take care of the cows, so as to get
a better yield. They had presented different types of breeds including
two imported bulls.
Henry and Joseph also attended the show as they
are also farmers back at home. They also have dairy cows in the
"Cows4Kenya" Project that they keep. They too needed to know more on
how to keep good breeds of cows and know the type of food that they are
fed on so as they can produce more milk.
The Olympic marathon champion Mr. Samuel Wanjiru
was also not left behind, he was at the show to be educated more on how
to rear dairy cattle’s. It was a wonderful week because many people got
to know more on how to keep dairy cows....see the pictures...
MAKING THE ENVIROMENT CLEAN
By Naomi Mwangi - Having a clean environment and being away from pollution is all that every one would like to have.
On Saturday 18th June 2009 Henry joined a youth group known as Street
nizers for a walk and cleaning of the Karuri shopping centre. The walk
was to cover 3km that is from Karuri Shopping Centre to Gacharage
Secondary school. The young people decided to clean up their shopping
centre because the place was full of garbage and they was poor health
sanitation which could cause disease.
Henry advised the young people to always keep the environment clean
because by keeping it clean they would stay healthy from air/water bone
diseases. They also planted trees at the area to remember that day.
Also present was Mr. Kenya Victor Mugambi 2008/2009 who joined the
young people in keeping the environment clean.
8000 particapants at the RUN FOR HOPE 2009
The Henry Wanyoike Hope for the future run took place on the 6th June
2009. the race was divided into three categories:
1st category was juniors (13-16yrs), Seniors (17-44yrs) and physically
challenged from Wangige to Kikuyu township primary which was covering a
2nd category Veterans (over 45 yrs) from Muthure to Kikuyu township primary covering a 3kms
3rd category Children (6yrs-12yrs) from Gitaru to Kikuyu township primary covering a 1.5kms.
main chief guest was the U.K High Commissioner who flagged of the main
race starting from Wangige to Kikuyu which covered 7.5kms. The children
race was flagged off by Olympic marathon champion Samuel Wanjiru
assisted by Henry, while the veterans were flagged of by our member of
parliament\assistance minister Lewis Nguyai assisted by the UK High
The main reason for organizing the race is to keep
hope; even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges just the
same way Henry over came his blindness. The race attracted over 8000
participants and 5000 spectators. The event also attracted many
dignitaries, government officials and the community at large
money that was raised will be divided into various charity work within
the Henry Wanyoike foundation which include: Disability, Cow Project,
Environment, Education and Youth empowerment through motivational talks.
The winner of the 7.5km Senior men was Evans Mayoyo while the ladies
was Mary Ngendo. The physically challege wheelchair race for men was
won by Nicholas Munga while Elizabeth Atieno won the ladies category.
The main theme of the race was: "I might have lost my sight but not my Vision" (Henry Wanyoike)....see the pictures...
MOTIVATIONAL TALKS and CONSERVING THE ENVIROMENT
wanyoike foundation is also involved in giving motivation talks to the
young people. Henry has really become a role model to many of the young
people and the old. End of mai, when Henry and Joseph came back from
Germany they have been having a busy schedule visiting schools and
institutions motivating the students.
the week they visited over six learning institutions named Muhu primary
and secondary, Thogoto primary, Kikuyu day secondary, and Kiragari high
school. The young people had a lot of questions for Henry wanting to
know when he started running, what inspired him, achievements and the
challenges that he undergoes.
has always had the desire to run since childhood. His role model was
Kipchoge Keino who was the first Kenyan and African to win a gold medal
in the Olympics. Henry also desired to represent Kenya in the
international events. When he lost his sight at the age of 19
years old due to a mild stroke he never lost his vision of running. He
started running in the year 2000 at the Sidney Paralympics where he won
a gold medal in the 5000m the T11 category. Henry holds more than ten
Team work and determination
from Henry and Joseph is what has really helped them achieve more.
Henry also encouraged the students not to endulge themselves in drug
taking which will result in them dropping out of school. He encouraged
them to stay healthy and do a lot of exercise. Henry also talked to the
students about H.I.V. and Aids where he warned them not to engage them
selves in unprotected sex. They should abstain and focus in their
education to achieve their goals in life. The students were very happy
for the encouragements they got from Henry and promised to follow his
footsteps. Henry has always had a motto that he lost his sight but not
CONSERVING THE ENVIROMENT
wanyoike foundation is involved in many activities, one being
conserving the environment. Twenty years ago Kenya had 14% coverage of
forest but today it is only 2 % which is as a result of cutting down of
trees without planting more. This has really resulted in minimal
rainfall, and draught.
valentines day when the whole world was celebrating their loved ones,
Henry and Joseph were at karura forest one of the largest forest in
Kenya, located at kiambu district, they joined the U.N.E.P in planting
trees which had been completely felled off. The main theme was a “Tree
for Love” . When you plant a tree for a loved one it will always remind
you of the nature you have taken care of.
March Henry and Joseph also planted trees at the abadare forest in
Kirita,kiambu district, our aim was to plant 10,000 trees in one day
which they achieved with the help of the youth groups. The other day
when Henry and Joseph came back from Germany that was on Thursday 21 st
may they were at kikuyu township primary school where they planted
trees with the school children, these tress will in future provide
shade and a cool environment for studying.
the air is fresh you are able to run well without any difficulties”
those were Henrys words. Thats why he likes conserving the environment
and it has really helped him. When you cut down one tree do remember to
plant two more and do not destroy nature coz nature will never forgive
...see the pictures...
Henry Wanyoike an example to all
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Henry and Joseph finished third in the half marathon they could hear
the crowds cheering them. Wanyoike crossed the line in 78 minutes and
then exclaimed "good, good, good" when asked what he thought of his
who has only recently recovered from a serious car accident, said he
was very happy to take part in the event because he was aware his
presence would inspire other visually handicapped people to believe in
"Every step we take, we
are making a difference," he said. "By just being here and running with
everyone else will help give confidence to others." Wanyoike noted that
as he progressed along the route many people, including other runners,
stopped to cheer him on. "Some forgot they were running themselves," he
laughed. "Even if I didn't win the race, I feel like I had won because
of all the cheers. I am also proud of my time at one hour and 18
minutes. That's a very good time."
though weather conditions were not ideal and Wanyoike and Kibunja felt
the humidity, they crossed the city without incident. "During one of
the tunnel crossings, I found it hard to breathe," Wanyoike said, but
apart from that the pair mastered the course as they did when winning
gold at the Sydney and Athens Paralympics and bronze in Beijing last
The two men had been in Hong
Kong for the past week to promote the event. Wanyoike said, his goal is
to "serve as an inspiration" to individuals, and to make them believe
in themselves and their abilities. "In times of financial crisis, when
people are thinking about giving up, I hope to give them encouragement
to go on," he said.
Two more cows for the "Cows 4 Kenya" Project
Project, which began through the help of Boris Becker is groving: One
sunday in January 2009 was a unforgertable day for a very needy family
at Karai in Kikuyu (Kenya) that benefitted through a cow donation from
Mr. and Mrs. Ramesh family. The needy family has eight kids and also
looks after another eight kids who are orphans. The father is a
masonary and the mother a house wife and are among the internally
displaced persons in kenya from rift valley. This gesture from Ramesh
family is a life changing that will transform the life of this family.
We hope more people, families will donate towards this project. Big
"thank you" to Ramesh family
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is the familie that Henry donate a cow courtesy of Mr and Mrs Murugu
family on december 15th 2008. The family is needy and it has been
relying from there father who is a masonary and when casual jobs are
Sometimes they had to go to bed on empty stomachs. But now with the kind gesture of the family we see a change in there lifes.
||The women who welcomed Henry and celebrated towards the kind gesture of the cow donation.
||Joseph Kibunja, Henrys guide with the cow that was donatet to the family.
||The benefeciary of cow donation posing with the cow.
Individual Projects - Post election violence
the December 2007 general election the outcome of the elections results
were heavily disputed between the running contenders thus plunging the
country into violence between the party supporters. The result of the
violence was a loss of over 1,200 lives and over 350,000 internally
displaced persons and destruction of properties and business.
Kikuyu the home of Henry Wanyoike were held over 1,000 IDPs in
makeshifts camps and other hosted by well-wishers across the division.
These people needed clothings and food, through Henry Wanyoike
Foundation we mobilized clothing and foodstuff and were visited
Kirathimo camp and donated clothing and foodstuff worth over Kshs
Individual Sponsorship - Small businesses
Miingi used to do casual jobs in the neighbourhood and the limited
income couldn’t sustain his needs as well as cater for his ailing
mother. Henry Wanyoike assisted him to start a charcoal selling
business which now sustains most of their basic needs.
Henry Wanyoike 3rd annual Hope for the Future Run...
...will be held on 30th May 2009 and he will dedicate the month by
conducting various activities to promote sports among youth and
community at large for good health as well as as sociol economic
We would like to bring to
your attention that the month of May within the foundation is dubbed
“Month of Hope” and we conduct various activities as we commemorate
Henry’s anniversary after he became blind (1st may 1995) as well as his
actual birthday (10th may).
these activities are, orphans visits, tree planting, schools
motivational talks among others. The climax of the month we organize a
7.5 KMs run under the name “HENRY WANYOIKE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN” and
which we are seeking for sponsorship partners and individual donations.
run’s main objective is to engage and motivate the youth, to remain
steadfast and hopeful that they can make it in life without indulging
in negative ways but through challenging odds of life like how Henry
has challenged his disability.
the last two years (2007 and 2008) we held the run and it attracted
more than 5000 and 6000 participants respectively and over 10,000 fans
and various guests across the board. the run attracts both local and
international media coverage and covered live in local radio stations.
The run will be held on Saturday 30th May 2009 at Kikuyu town, Kenya (hometown of Henry Wanyoike)
The categories of the run will be: -* Children – 11/2 kms – (6-12yrs)*
Physically challenged – 7.5 kms (wheelchair/visually impaired)* Juniors
– 7.5kms – (13- 16yrs)* Veterans or wazee – 7.5kms over 50yrs* Seniors
– 7.5 kms – 17-49yrs
You can sponsor in kind or cash.
All the proceeds raised from the run will go directly to a long term
project for Henry Wanyoike Sports Academy. For further details on how
you can make your donations/sponsorship contact Gideon on +254 721 249
468, 20 206 5936 or Wanyoike on 722 269 664, 20 3535 616
or mail: email@example.com
The Christian Blind Mission celebrates the 100-year aniversary.
Here the congratulation from Henry:
To The Director
Greetings from Henry Wanyoike Foundation.
would like to convey my heartfelt congratulations as you celebrate 100
years of great achievements. The road to this greatness has not been
smooth as we may think but it has been through determination, hard work
and above all a passion and love for people with disability.
CBM is one of the organizations that has internalized and equalized the
roles and rights of people with disability and how much they can
achieve with little assistance, we only need our space so that we can
life normally like the rest.
been and always will be privileged having worked hand in hand with you
in fundraising and as CBM good will ambassador. This has been a
wonderful experience and also an eye opener to me and to others on how
little we can do and how much we can change through little things and
time if all of us can sacrifice.
has not only grown from just an organization but has become a household
name in many countries in terms of assistance and services they give
and above been in tenets and deep rooted in Christian values thus
giving a lot of confidence to people and organization seeking
partnerships or the donors knowing that there is a lot of transparency,
accountability and integrity in all projects
would like to retaliate that the vision 2020 (right to sight) is
achievable and we hope the 37 million mark of people with avoidable
blindness will be eliminated.
is a marathon and CBM has proofed that, but as we start the next
marathon lets still be focused and ride higher on the 100 years of
changing lives .I will always be there to support your work whenever
needed. Thank you and once again I congratulate you in this great
anniversary ...... HONGERA CBM 100 years
BLESSES and warm regards to all the staff from the director to the
lowest cadre without your efforts all CBM couldn't be there it is
Yours in service,
Henry Wanyoike Foundation
is a registered organization named after and by Henry Wanyoike the
visually impaired (blind) athlete. Wanyoike is the world record holder
of 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Paralympics of Athens - Greece and
Australia Olympics among other International marathons
I have lost my sight but I haven't lost my vision***
Nairobi Marathon organisers hope to beat last year’s mark
Paralympics gold medallist Henry Wanyoike leads the Kenya members of
the Greatest Race on Earth team to a tour of Thika School for the blind
yesterday. The GROE team will feature in the Standard Chartered Nairobi
Marathon on Sunday.
7,500 participants in 2003 to 15,000 last year, the Nairobi Marathon
promises to surpass the mark as the Sunday race draws near. The
marathon has grown in leaps and bounds and this year’s seems not to be
“This is a huge
achievement and it’s one event that the whole country has come to be
associated with over the years,” said Standard Chartered corporate
affairs Manager, Ann Kabugi. “Over the years, the numbers of registered
runners has been on the rise. This shouldn’t be different for the
weekend race. We are hoping to break the 15,000 mark,” noted Kabugi.
usual, we want to give all willing participants the chance to be part
of this great event. We are registering runners at all Standard
Chartered Bank branches countrywide as well as in leading supermarkets
and shopping malls,” adviced Kabugi.
the same time, Kenya’s Paralympic gold medallist Henry Wanyoike was
joined by Kenyan Greatest Race on Earth team runners Philemon Yarasia,
John Kelai and Emma Muthoni on a visit to the Thika School for the
Blind to help raise awareness for Seeing is Believing, the official
partner for the 2008/09 GROE.
is Believing (SiB), which tackles avoidable blindness, has been named
as the official partner for GROE for the first time.
partnership between Standard Chartered and the International Agency for
Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), SiB has raised $17 million to date and
aims to invest a further $20 million by 2014 into 20 underprivileged
urban areas to help 20 million people.
Wanyoike said: “Having gone blind virtually overnight, I know from
personal experience how tough it is growing up being visually impaired.
I am goodwill ambassador for Seeing is Believing and the Christian
Blind Mission (CBM). Seeing is Believing is the official partner of The
Greatest Race on Earth 2008/09. The Money fron the Nairobi-Marathon
will be given to CBM-projects in Kenya”
GROE, will start its fifth series with the Nairobi Marathon on Sunday
with Kenya’s men’s and women’s teams looking to defend the titles they
have won for the last four years.
gruelling running challenge, sponsored by Standard Chartered and has
one of the richest prize funds in world athletics of $1 million, is the
ultimate test of teamwork and endurance.
of four runners each compete in one of the four marathons, with the
winning team being the one with the quickest cumulative time.
Bronze for Henry, Silver for his friend Francis
Kenya bagged its first medals at the Beijing Paralympics Games when
Francis Karanja Thuo and Henry Wanyoike the goodwill ambassador for
Seeing is Believing and Christian Blind Mission grabbed silver and
bronze in the T-11 class 5,000 metres final.
Wanyoike failed to
defend his title after China’s Zhang Zhen won the gold medal in 15
minutes, 27.35 seconds. Thuo took the silver in 15 minutes, 32.28
seconds, finishing ahead of Wanyoike’s 15:47.17.
Henry won the gold at the 2004 Paralympics in Athens when he ran his world record in 15:11.07.
Now Henry is hoping to get the gold medal in the Marathon event. He
does not run the10.000m on 14th, because he will concentrate on the
marathon on september 17th. Both is too much. Francis will do the
Congratulation and God Luck, Henry and Francis!
Kenya's Paralympics team leaves for Beijing
team of 13 competitors and five running guides will leave august 28th
for Beijing ahead of the kick off of the Paralympic games to be held
from September 7th in China.
contingent consists of star studded athletes among them 2004
paralympics 10,000 and 5,000m gold medallist and world record holder
Henry Wanyoike, the 2002 paralympic games Javelin gold medallist Mary
Nakhumicha among others. Sports assistant minister Wavinya Ndetti
assured the squad of government's support and urged them to strive to
do the country proud. The team which will leave the country courtesy of
Qatar Airways will be led by Chief De mission Jairus Mogallo.
Airways sales manager Agnes Kamatu while speaking during the
presentation of the air tickets and kits to the team at Moi
International Sports Centre Kasarani said that the carrier will
continue supporting sports in the country.
team was urged to emulate the Kenyan contingent currently in Beijing
which is striving to put Kenya on the global sporting map.
Henry Wanyoike and the Kenyan paralympic team ready for games
Kenya national paralympic team for the Beijing Olympics is happy that
it has enough time to train before the games next month. The athletes,
who are in Eldoret with their coach Herina Malit for training, said
this will ensure adequate preparation before the games.
team is being managed by the Department of Sports because a court case
has torn the Paralympic body into two factions, one run by Douglas
Sidialo and Ronald Milare. "Now we have almost a month to train. The
team is upbeat and I am sure that when we are through with training,
they will bag more medals," said Malit.
Wanyoike arrived on 22nd of Juli in the Kipchoge Keino High Performance
Training Centre where the team has pitched camp. He was in China for a
TV- event before. During the Beijing Games, the team will participate
in the 400m, 800m and 1500m, 5,000m to 10,000m races as well as
marathon. Henry will do 5 K, 10 K and the Marathon.
coach said the athletes were happy with the training in Eldoret whose
weather she described as superb. "Although we think the heavy rains
pounding Eldoret will sometimes disrupt our training sessions, the good
thing is that we have ample time to conduct training," she said. Malit
said the first week will be used in conditioning the athletes before
they train in their respective disciplines.
paralympic team will change the place at the end of the month. The will
go to the national training area in Nairobi-Kasarani near the big
stadium until the journey to China.
After the games Henry will visit the Christian Blind Mission in Germany and if possible, he will take part on a 10K run in Berlin on 12th of october.
||The Hope for the Future Run was very successful. Click the picture beside and read Henry´s Text (pdf)
Henry Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run
Wanyoike 2nd annual Hope for the Future Run will be held on 31st May
2008 and he will dedicate the month by conducting various activities to
promote and preach peace to the youth and community at large due to the
post election violence that engulfed the country(Kenya).
would like to bring to your attention that the month of May within the
foundation is dubbed “Month of Hope” and we conduct various activities
as we commemorate Henry’s anniversary after he became blind (1st may
1995) as well as his actual birthday (10th may).
of these activities are, orphans visits, tree planting, schools
motivational talks among others. The climax of the month we organize a
7.5 KMs run under the name “HENRY WANYOIKE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN” and
which we are seeking for sponsorship partners. The run’s main objective
is to promote and motivate the youth, to remain steadfast and hopeful
that they can make it in life without indulging in negative ways but
through challenging odds of life like how he has challenged his
(2007) we held the run and it attracted more than 5000 participants and
over 10,000 fans and various guests across the board. The chief guest
was German Ambassador Walter J. Lindner. The run also had a live
coverage from local stations, Coro, Kameme and Inooro Fms and wide
coverage including international media CNN. Due to the post election
violence that has engulfed our country we will dedicate the month in
calling and Preaching for Peace and co existence of different
communities. The run will be held on Saturday 31st May 2008 at Kikuyu
town.(hometown of Henry Wanyoike)
The categories of the run shall be: -
Children – 11/2 kms – (6-12yrs)
Physically challenged – 7.5 kms (wheelchair/visually impaired)
Juniors – 7.5kms – (13- 16yrs)
Veterans or wazee – 7.5kms over 50yrs
Seniors – 7.5 kms – 17-49yrs
You can sponsor in kind or cash. Contact Gideon on + 254 721 249 468,
20 206 5936 or Wanyoike on 722 269 664, 20 3535 616 Your donations can
be channeled through Henry Wanyoike Foundation kindly refer to the home
page - donation
Or here: sponsoring Henry Wanyoike "RUN FOR HOPE"
HENRY WANYOIKE to be paralympic ambassador
After beeing ambassador for SEEING IS BELIEVING and Christian Blind Mission Henry Wanyoike has been chosen as a paralympic ambassador by the International Paralympic Committee.
This was announced by the IPC at the launch of its Paralympian Ambassador Programme recently.
aim of this programme is to create a roster of top past and present
paralympic athletes to act as ambassadors of the paralympic movement,
in order to be role models for young people with and without disability
and act as awareness and communication tools for the movement to
enhance and increase its public profile.
paralympic athletes from all over the world have been chosen so far:
Verena Bentele (GER, Nordic Skiing) Hou Bin (CHN, Athletics) Cheri
Blauwet (USA, Athletics) Kirsten Bruhn (GER, Swimming) Muffy Davis
(USA, Alpine Skiing) Michael Teuber (GER, Cycling) Tanni Grey-Thompson
(GBR, Athletics) Ernst Van Dyk (RSA, Athletics) Esther Vergeer (NED,
Wheelchair Tennis) Chris Waddell (USA, Alpine Skiing) Henry Wanyoike
All paralympian ambassadors have
competed in at least one Summer or Winter Paralympic Games, have won at
least one medal, represent the paralympic spirit and values, have been
recommended by their respective National Paralympic Committee as a
positive role model and have a clean record with regards to anti-doping
and/or any other offences.
As ambassadors, these top
athletes will be asked to represent the movement in various activities
including motivational speeches at corporate gatherings or events of
IPC partners, participation in awareness campaigns, including print,
television or electronic, visit to IPC development or education
programmes, presence at IPC events as well as media appearance.
a two-days seminar, held at the IPC headquarters in Bonn, Germany, from
February 7 to 8, the ambassadors will get to know each other, receive
more information about the movement as well as test their interview
skills during a media training.
Lake Naivasha Halfmarathon on 1st of december
sponsoring of the Naivasha Halfmarathon, 10k wheelchair men and women,
5k joggers (above 40 yrs men and women and the 5k boys & girls
(below 12 yrs) is for the building of the Disability Resource and
Information Centre in Naivasha.
Nwangi (Coordinator), Henry Wanyoike, Tosphat Icemenia (Director),
Stephan Tuw (Chairman). All are proud about the event and what they are
All African Games: Gold and Silver for Henry Wanyoike
14th, blind runner Henry Wanyioke, with his guide Joseph Kibunja
struggling to keep up, grabbed gold with a calculated run in the
Paralympic 5,000m T11 in a time of 15.52.50 late on Saturday evening to
successfully defend his Abuja title. He was followed home by compatriot
Francis Thuo who finished with 15:52.72.
15th, Samuel Muchai led a Kenyan medal sweep in the race for the
totally blind in 4:15.16 as Henry Wanyoike added silver in 4:22.01.
Francis Thuo completed the haul in 4:22.51.
HENRY WANYOIKE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN
Wanyoike Hope for the Future Run" was held on 26 th May 2007 as one of
the activities of the month of May, which is dubbed as the month of
hope. This is the month that Henry Wanyoike celebrates his birthdays,
one is commoration of the day he lost sight on 1 st May and also his
birthday on 10 th May.
Wanyoike: "The run was held as the climax of other activities like
visiting the orphans, helping the needy like paying the hospital bill
for a young girl aged 12 years Ann Muthoni who was at the
hospital for nine months and planting trees at Kirieta forest part of
Aberdares forest where over 10,000 trees were planted as part of one
billion trees campaign spearheaded by UNEP. The Foundation was
able to present a cheque of kshs 460,000 for a borehole project for
Machakos Technical Institute For The Blind. We visited at least six
schools giving motivational talks. Out of this event the director of
Smart Media Institute Ms Gathoni Wamucomba offered four scholarships
for the needy youth for mass communication courses."
run main objective was for Henry Wanyoike through Henry Wanyoike
Foundation to give a motivational talk on Hope to the youth and
community at large to remain steadfast and also bring the community in
an inter generation integration where old, young and disabled take part
in an event with a common goal.
run achieved its goals and also surpassed the numbers that was expected
by the foundation. We had targeted two thousand participants but we had
to cope with over eight thousand participants. The youngest was five
years old and the oldest participant was 107 years grandmother and 80
event was graced by German ambassador Walter J. Lindner who flagged the
senior´s race from Wangige and after joined the other distinguished
guests at the prize giving ceremony at Kikuyu Township Primary School.
Some of other guests were Mr. Nasser - Deputy director United Nations
information center, Hon Paul Muite Member of Parliament Kabete, Mr.
Martin Bernard - Exectutive director Alive and Kicking organization,
Head of Coro Fm (Kenya broadcasting corporation) Jane Mumbi , Deputy
commissioner of sports, Athletic Kenya representatives, Douglas
Sidialo, chairman of the Kenya National Paralympic committee and many
other media personalities from local radio stations and local musicians
who entertained the crowd.
Wanyoike: "The German Ambassador promised to run in the next year run
as the community expressed that their wish was the event to become an
annual event and as Henry Wanyoike Foundation we have taken this noble
Water for the Blind studends in Machacos
Second Bonn Marathon for Wanyoike
Henry Wanyoike (Kenya) at the RheinEnergie Marathon in Bonn,
the second time, Kenyan Paralympian Henry Wanyoike participated in the
7th RheinEnergie Marathon in Bonn, Germany, home of the International
Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) Headquarters.
just missed his goal of breaking the world record for his class (T11,
2:37:43 hours). Up until kilometre 33, he and his guide, Joseph Gachui,
were on track, but in the end had to pay tribute to the warm weather
and the race profile. His time of 2:44:14 hours placed him 15th out of
a field of 2,400 runners.
the age of 21, Wanyoike irreparably lost his sight over night, when a
stroke badly damaged his optic nerves. A top runner in high school
before, he went through rehabilitation in a hospital run by the Christoffel Blindenmission (CBM), where he learned to become self-sufficient again and was able to return to Athletics.
is involved in numerous charity projects in Kenya and throughout the
world. He works with the CBM, the Boris Becker Foundation, Light for
the World and his own organization, the Henry Wanyoike Foundation.The
IPC, in close collaboration with the CBM, arranged Wanyoike’s start at
the RheinEnergie Marathon in Bonn. More than 9,000 participants ran
through the streets of the city.
For more information about the IPC, please visit the official website at www.paralympic.org. Further details regarding the RheinEnergie Marathon in Bonn can be found at www.rheinenergie-marathon-bonn.de.
Wanyoike Foundation is a registered organization named after and by
Henry Wanyoike the visually impaired (blind) athlete. Wanyoike is the
world record holder of 5,000 and 10,000 meters in Paralympics of Athens
- Greece and Australia Paralymoics. He is the fastest blind marathon-
and halfmarathonrunner in the world. The foundations is mandated to
raise funds for disabled, orphans and vulnerable children, youth and
other needy in a society for socio economic empowerment, sports,
disability aids, motivational forums/workshops, educational
sponsorships among others. We would like to bring to your attention
that we are organizing a 7.5 KMs run under the name "HENRY WANYOIKE
HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN" and we are seeking for partners. The run's
main objective is to promote and create awareness of importance of
athletics as an alternative sport in Kikuyu division as well as Henry
Wanyoike to give motivational talk to the youth, to remain steadfast
and hopeful that they can make it in life without indulging in negative
ways but through challenging odds of life like how he has challenged
his disability. The run will be held on Saturday 26 th May 2007 from 7
am to 11 am at Kikuyu. The foundation is requesting for funds, to
organize the above run. We look forward for your positive reply.
DIRECTOR - HENRY WANYOIKE FOUNDATION
The categories of the run shall be: -
- Children - 1 1 / 2 kms
- Physically challenged - 1 1 / 2 kms
- Juniors - 3kms
- Veterans or wazee - 3kms
- Seniors - 7.5 kms
- Corporate teams - 7.5 kms
wants to help Henry as a partner should send the money to the following
account: "HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN" International bankaccount:
"henry4gold" at Sparkasse Hannover,
BIC: SPKHDE2H, IBAN:
DE32250501800900062525, write: "HOPE FOR THE FUTURE RUN" Who will take
part at this run, inclusive training with Henry Wanyoike, should send a
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
everythink will be organised....
Fresh water, a kitchen and a fence for the Goodwillchildren
Report of Jörg Henning Meyer
children of the Goodwillschool are pleased about the new kitchen, the
fence and the water pipeline. Now it can be cooked at school
I could see Henry only three days when
I was there. He went to Hong Kong, where he on Sunday, the 4.2.07 with
Joseph gets the 4th place (1:14:08) in the halfmarathon.
Henry shows me the 24 cows and a few small calves (entire: 3 male, 3 female) of the “cows4kenya-project”
. One cow died. But a calf was supplied by the first phase. The animals were all in a good condition.
Goodwillcows I visited later together with the children. Here also one
of the 6 calves had been born. A few cows will soon have a calve. The
children had large respect for the cows, then they dared nevertheless
to feed the animals.
Next day, before Henry´s departure we were informed about tree planting possibilities (treeplanting projects) at the Kenya Forrestry Research Institute
The technicians were inspired by Henrys “treeplanting projects” with
the schools and assured to him any support. The clou: Each pupil takes
over the sponsorship for the tree, which he plants and it is
responsible for the fact that the tree always gets enough water.
Henry bought 4000 seeds of the Moringa Oleifera tree. It is a true miracle tree.... see GOOGLE or: MORINGA OLEIFERA LAM
The trees will be planted with the Thika School for the Blind and with
the Machacos Blindschool, where Henry learned knitting and by pupils of
other schools. - however those are the next projects...
When Henry had gone, I organized building of the
water pipeline to the Goodwillschool, the fence for the school and the
building of a small kitchen with cooking place. It began with the
meeting of the important people: The supervisers, they are actually
responsible that everything functions correctly. For the water pipeline
there was the waterchairman Joseph. Joseph is about 70 years old and
administers the whole water pipelines of this well project, he is the
super-super-viser for the construction supervision, the man, who has
then actual planning and supervision over the digging men.
than 15 men worked, in order to manufacture the ditch of for instance
150m length. A “road” had to be crossed. That particularly cost much
the fitting of the individual pipes was an locall expert . The
adhesive, which it uses, connects also completely wet plastic tubes
two days work and wrongly ordered or bought material conversions the
tap was attached and it sprayed first cloudy, then sourcefresh water
from the cock. Now also all adults had radiating child eyes - as if it
concerned a miracle.
Also the children were pleased about the cool wet.
Similar was the building of the fence: There was
the foreman Gerald (superviser), who was responsible for material
purchase. He made a competent impression. He was supervised by the
member Boniface of the Goodwillcommunity and by the Chairman Charles of
the Goodwillcommunity. The fence should have a gate, stairs and
everything else. For the new built kitchen we procured a local charcoal
furnace, a large pot for cooking and many cups for the children and
everythimg what is needed in a kitchen.
One of the teachers cooks the tee with the fresh milk of the “Goodwill cows”
the end everything was good: On my last day everything became finished
and we had a small celebration with cookies, bread and tee with milk.
Now the children cannot move on the campus freely and it exist
themselves a danger that they are started by an abandoned donkey truck
or a car. In addition no more strangers are using the new toilets built
by Henry. With the water the children wash their hands before the meal.
In addition, they take the water in bottles or in
plastic bags (!) home in the Slum, where most of the families have no
water. This concerns clean groundwater, that from a depth of approx.
200m is promoted
or in front of the kitchen with the cooking place, the tap and the mess
kit the children receive to each morning their tee with milk now. In
the past there was often the problem that the milk of the Goodwill cows
could not be cooked - if nobody ready explained itself. ...and then the
children did not get their milk.... that is now past. The two teachers
are responsible for the fact that everything functioned - now they are
responsable to cook.
Henry starts over 10k and gets second place
Dubai, UAE - January 12, 2007, Held under the patronage
of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime
Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and staged under the aegis of
the Dubai Sports Council, the multi-national event will be the richest
athletics meeting ever staged in the UAE with over $150,000 in prize
money and two Toyota cars available to the runners.“The Standard
Chartered Dubai Marathon is one of the most popular events on the Dubai
sporting and social calendar, and we’re expecting this year to be the
biggest and best to date,” said Nigel Jones, CEO, Standard Chartered
UAE. Making a difference will be those competing in the 3km race - also
known as the 'Seeing is Believing' Fun Run – which will started at
10.30am. The charity run is designed to collect donations for the
'Seeing is Believing' charity which aims to restore sight to ten
million people over the next three years. Henry Wanyoike (with Joseph
Kibunja), Standard Chartered’s Global and Christian Blind Mission
Goodwill Ambassador, got the second place in the 10km run (33:34
min).“We are delighted to see Henry competing in Dubai,” said Event
Co-ordinator Peter Connerton. “He has won Paralymic gold medals, set
world records been nominated for a Laureus World Sport Award and is a
source of inspiration for thousands of partially-sighted and blind
Henry Wanyoike for Dubai Marathon
Dubai: Henry Wanyoike, the current 5,000 and
10,000-metre Paralympic record holder, is set to return to Dubai for
the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon 10km race on January 12, 2007.
Wanyoike, widely regarded as the best
visually-impaired runner of all time, was being groomed as one of
Kenya's next generation of world-class middle-distance runners when he
suffered a stroke in 1995, losing his vision overnight.
Since then, he has established himself as a pioneer
in Paralympic athletics, setting the world marathon record for a
visually-impaired runner in Hamburg in 2005 and winning either gold or
silver in the marathon, half-marathon, 10km road race and in the
10,000, 5,000 and 1,500 metres during his career.
"Henry is a superb athlete and an inspirational
character," said Niall McLoughlin, head of corporate affairs, Middle
East and Pakistan, Standard Chartered Bank. "We look forward to
welcoming him back at the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon - it's a
massive endorsement of the event that an athlete of his quality
continues to participate in the event."
January's marathon event promises to be the largest
to date, with thousands of runners already registered across the three
race categories: the 3km Seeing is Believing fun run; the 10km road
race in which Wanyoike will participate and the full 42km marathon.
In addition to his own extensive charity work with
visually-impaired people in Kenya, Wanyoike is Ambassador of the
Christoffel Blind Mission and also a Goodwill Ambassador for Standard
Chartered's Seeing is Believing global initiative, which aims to
restore the sight of 10 million people worldwide.
African nations dominate Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and the Greatest Race on Earth
The Greatest Race on Earth (GROE)is halfway run and
leading the race to the next leg in Mumbai in January is Kenya whose
runners dominated the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon run on
December 3rd.In the men's event, defending champion Amos Tirop Matui of
Kenya set a new record when he bettered his 2005 Singapore mark by
almost a minute, breasting the tape with a time of 2:14.59s. Ethiopia's
Ashebir Demissu finished eight seconds back in second spot (2:15.07s)
while another Kenyan, Jote Abel Kirui, clinched the last spot on the
podium with a time of 2:16.31s.
In the women's race, Salina Kosgei of Kenya
dethroned last year's champion, Irina Timofeyeva, rewriting the
Russian's record time of 2:34:42s set last year with a new mark of
2:31.53s. Timofeyeva took second place, while another Kenyan, Emily
Kimuria, came in third.
Blind runner Henry Wanyoike and Joseph Kibunja
(1:20:08 h)then made it a one-two for Kenya in the men's half marathon
to demonstrate the gulf between the country and the rest of the world.
Henry gives back
his journey to Korea, Henry brought some gifts for his former school.
Machakos Technical Institut For The Blind is a college that rehabilates
the visually impaired and also intergrates with other students who have
Henry is seen in the picture making a donation of 50 whitecanes, 30 talking watches and magnifying lenses.
lady spotted in the picture is the student captain Miss Easther
Gathoni, who on behalf of the students who are vissually impaired
receives the donation. The students were so happy... They entertained
Henry through songs and dance. Henry was a former Student of the
Henry is sitting at the same place where he learned knitting when he got blind in 1995.
college has different technical courses: woodwork, dressmaking,
knitting and shoe making among others. It is a government college and
Henry says the best in Kenya.
director, Mr. Francis Saya was Henry´s first running-guide. He taeched
Henry how to run. Now after ten years, Henry is visiting his director
when ever there is a little time.
Machakos Blind Trade Training Centre
PO Box 112, Machakos 090100, Kenya.
Contact person: Francis Saya
Tel: +254 145 21295
Fax: +254 733 844 614
Activities: This institute trains blind and low vision adults in
vocational skills i.e. carpentry, joinery, masonry, leatherwork,
tannery and shoe-making, knitting and garment making at certificate
level. General rehabilitation for the visually impaired forms another
training component which includes: Orientation & Mobility, Braille,
skills for independent living. The Institute works closely with
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