Millions raised for little Ayah’s medical fund by Influencers, politicians and celebrities .

by Helvine Achieng
May 7, 2021

Born of a Kenyan mother, Mary Mithika, and Danish father Frank Lundt, Ayah is suffering from a rare and deadly neuromuscular disease known as spinal muscular atrophy, SMA and she requires a dosage of Zolgensma drug that is now known as ‘the most expensive drug in the world’ estimated to cost over 270 million shillings to save her life.

In an Instagram live marathon fundraiser for little Ayah, the participants rallied politicians, media personalities, and friends urging them to commit to the funds drive.The drive was fueled by various influencers, family, and friends who rounded up their followers and notable personalities for a funds appeal that helped raise over 2 million shillings in donations and pledges. Proceeds from the fund will support ailing baby Ayah to get her urgent medication.

“So far, we have managed to raise 176 million, and we are looking to raise the remaining 100 million,” Ayah’s mom informed netizens.

Notable personalities asked to join to make their donations were  Mombasa’s Governor Ali Hassan Joho, who was away in the holy city of Makkah for Ramadan prayers, made a pledge of Sh500,000 with political hopefuls Rogers Kipembe, Ali Noor, and musician KRG the Don each donating Sh100,000. Others included comedian Churchill, renowned sexologist Sue Gacambi, and ousted radio host Shaffie Weru.

“I was touched when Ayah’s parents approached me for the drive, but seeing the sweet child she is, we decided to start with a Sh200 challenge which raised over 600,000 shillings in three days. We followed up with a second drive where we managed 200,000 shillings.” Say Oginga.

Other personalities who have previously helped raise funds for Ayah include comedian Eric Omondi, Betty Kyalo, and Victor Wanyama.