Pastor Dorcas Gachagua, spouse of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, on Wednesday, June 21, unveiled a cash reward program to motivate sportsmen and women.
Athletes participating in Special Olympics World Games in Berlin, Germany, will be the first beneficiaries of the Second Lady’s philanthropy.
Coaches who would guide athletes with disabilities to break records in the Germany event will also be rewarded.
“I will give Ksh40,000 for gold medalists, Ksh15,000 for silver, and Ksh10,000 for bronze. Every coach will get Ksh20,000, and all who participated will receive something.
“The coaches have been great friends to you and ensured you remain a strong unit. Ultimately, everyone who came here is a winner,” she lauded the athletes.
Pastor Dorcas, the patron of the Special Olympics Kenya, made the promise after three Kenyan athletes, bagged medal competition that began on June 17
David Ngugi and Daniel Mutiso won gold in the 15 kilometers cycling road race and the 800 meters men’s race, respectively. Willis Otieno also won Silver in the standing long jump.
Other than monetary benefits, Pastor Dorcas announced plans to launch a nationwide campaign to empower athletes with special needs.
“We shall go across the 47 counties and look for others with intellectual disabilities, and maybe in the next Special Olympics, Kenya will have the largest team. We will then prepare properly, and when we attend the games, we will win many medals,” she stated.