Fans of the celebrated long-running KBC show Sundowner have pulled together to help a colleague battling cancer.
The fans raised over Ksh500,000 after running a campaign on social media with special focus on Facebook after learning that Esther Andare had developed cancer of the bladder.
Fans on WhatsApp group raised a total of Ksh100,000 with the rest coming from Facebook even though the campaign was not broadcasted on KBC English Service, where the show airs.
"We can work together to ensure that this monster is overtaken. We will be happy at the end of it to see that she is okay," stated one fan.KBC main office entrance located along Harry Thuku Road, off University Way in the Nairobi city centre.File
Andare, who is an ardent fan of the show to a point she was made the chairperson of its Eldoret Chapter, expressed gratitude for overwhelming love she had received.
When she was diagnosed, Andare disclosed that a date had been set for the show to be hosted in Eldoret and so she requested for two weeks to oversee it before embarking on treatment.
"For me, having such a family like Sundowner, people I had met for a very short time and for me to have you come in as a family and do this is really humbling for me.
"It is the greatest kind of love anybody could show somebody else," she stated.
The show host, Catherine Ndonye, disclosed that the money was raised in seven days since the campaign was launched.
"I am here to thank in a very special way, the Sundowner fans on Facebook and elsewhere who heard this through the social media even though we did not do anything on radio," she stated.
The group raised a total of Ksh 580,000 since the launch of the campaign.
The show has been on the airwaves since it aired for the first time after introduction of radio in the country in the early 1950s.
The show airs from Monday to Friday every week between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and has continuously attracted new fans.
The show specialises on playing music from legendary artistes including Kenny Rogers, Don Williams, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson, Dolly Parton, Jim Reeves and Roger Whittaker.
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