Orange Telkom joins #KenyansforKenya

Posted on August 3, 2011


Below is a press statement received by Bizextras on the initiative Kenyans for Kenya.

The firm joins Safaricom, KCB Nakumatt Supermarkets and Airtel Kenya which are so far points of receipt of contributions made towards the initiative


Orange customers and staff to contribute towards drought kitty

* Orange customers can now contribute towards the famine relief fund
* Customers can use the short code 222222 to send their donations through Orange Money
* Company to give 10% of its SMS revenues for August to October 2011 towards the fund
* Company staff to skip meals to bolster contributions towards the fund

Nairobi, August 3, 2011…Telkom Kenya has joined other corporate organisations that are raising funds to help feed those worst affected by the drought raging across parts of the country.

Customers will have the opportunity to respond to the drought appeal by making their donation through Orange Money or by sending text that will have their contribution deducted from their airtime.

All those on the Orange Mobile network that have subscribed to Orange Money can send their donations to the number 222 222; this will then require them to input the bill reference number 222 222 to make their contribution. Orange Mobile customers can also make their contributions through the SMS number 2222 from their handsets as many times as they can. Each SMS will be charged at KSh. 20.

“Our organisation has always been keen on touching the lives of those in dire need and that is why we have decided to strategically partner with other like-minded organisations to help save lives,” said Deputy Chief Executive Jane Karuku.

Ms. Karuku added that the company would also donate 10% of its SMS revenues for August – October 2011, towards the Kenyans for Kenya initiative.

Internally, the staff at Orange have also rallied together in an initiative dubbed “Skip a meal touch a life” that will see the over 1,600 staff skip lunch on select days in the course of the coming months to boost the contribution by their customers.

“With a staff complement of more than 1,600, we are confident that we can raise enough money to help feed some of the families, thus helping them meet their basic needs effectively,” she explained.

The Kenyans for Kenya initiative aims to raise KSh. 500,000,000 from across the board, with the aim of helping meet the immediate needs of those affected.

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