How Manchester United’s fans in Kenya transformed their passion into life-saving action before FA Cup final

How Manchester United’s fans in Kenya transformed their passion into life-saving action before FA Cup final

Festus Chuma 20:00 - 26.05.2024

Manchester United fans in Meru, Kenya, united for a community service event, showcasing their dedication beyond just football enthusiasm.

Manchester United fans in Meru, Eastern Kenya, showcased their community spirit by organizing a blood donation drive at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital. 

The event drew a large crowd of the club’s supporters, along with many locals, contributing to a vital cause that benefits hospitals across the nation.

Caroline Nkatha, Chairperson of the Manchester United Fans Meru Chapter, explained the group's mission is to use sports as a conduit to unify youth and steer them away from detrimental societal behaviors.

 "Manchester United Meru operates as a Community-Based Organization (CBO). Our goal is to unite young individuals through sports, engaging them to help divert from social vices," Nkatha stated during the event as per KBC.

This initiative marks the second community outreach this year by the group, following a previous visit to a children's home. 

The decision to hold a blood donation drive was prompted by the urgent need to bolster the country's blood reserves, which are often depleted by emergencies, including frequent road accidents.

 "The increase in road accidents has escalated the demand for blood transfusions. We initiated this blood drive to aid accident victims and others in urgent need of blood transfusions, aiming to save lives," Nkatha added.

The appeal for blood donation was not limited to football fans alone. Anthony Muriuki, the group's organizing secretary, encouraged all Kenyans to participate in the life-saving initiative. 

Additionally, Martin Mwirigi, the Laboratory Manager of the blood bank at Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital, lauded the effort by the fans. 

"It's crucial for people to donate blood every three to four months. This not only supports patients here but also aids other hospitals across the country," Mwirigi noted.

The blood donation event occurred just before Manchester United clinched a thrilling victory in the Emirates FA Cup, defeating Manchester City 2-1. 

This win, fueled by outstanding performances from young stars Alejandro Garnacho and Kobbie Mainoo, added a celebratory note to the fans’ altruistic efforts.

Nkatha called on more well-wishers to join future drives, emphasizing that such initiatives could significantly impact community health and cohesion.

 "We hope that our actions today inspire not only other sports fans but everyone in the region to contribute to such vital causes."

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