Long before the guests arrived, the TNR trustees and volunteers got everything ready: the raffle prices were stalled out, the tables set up, the food prepared and the stage was set for our special guests Sitawa Namwalie and Aleya Kassam.
The guests started pouring in at 6pm and, after a welcome drink and buying some last-minute raffle tickets, they made their way to their tables. Then it was time for lights, sound and action! Sitawa Namwalie and Aleya Kassam delivered a highly entertaining show, with both serious and funny scenes which had the guests talking, laughing and reflecting.
At the end of the show it was time for the Raffle Draw, with a lot of amazing prices to win. 1 by 1 the winners were drawn by random members of the audience present, who were trying to draw their own raffle tickets, mostly to no avail. The many top shelf raffle prizes were distributed among the winners who were present and given at a later date to those who were absent.
Proceeds will go to benefit TNR Trust Nairobi and will support TNR’s work with Kenya’s stray dogs and cats and community outreach.
We intend to use the funds for the following aims:
- To equip a mobile clinic
- To vaccinate 20,000 dogs*cats per year
- To sterilize 1,400 dogs*cats per year
- Link dog/cat owners to Governmental vet services
- Educate communities on human and animal health
Thank you again to everyone who made our event on September 30th a HUGE SUCCESS!
We couldn’t have done it without your support!
Sitawa Namwalie is a Kenyan poet, playwright, writer and performer. In 2014 she won Kenya’s Sanaa Theatre Awards Best Spoken Word and Poetry for her show of dramatized poetry called “Silence is a Woman”. “Cut off my Tongue” was invited to the UK’s prestigious Hay Festival in the UK in 2009. In April 2012 the show was selected by TED Talks on a global search for new and undiscovered acts as an idea worth spreading.
Aleya Kassam is a Kenyan reader, writer and performer. She has been published in Jalada, Mail and Guardian Africa. She blogs her musings at http://www.chanyado.wordpress.com, which was nominated for Best New Blog at the Blog Awards Kenya 2015. She has performed in ‘Stories from the Mall: A Westgate Memorial’, and acclaimed shows ‘Silence is a Woman’ and ‘Cut off my Tongue’ amongst others.