Kenya-based Zackary Kimotho has been using a wheelchair since he was shot in a car-jacking about eight years ago. Zackary is one of thousands of Kenyans who is suffering from spinal injury as at present there is no specialist care available in the country.
Now, Zackary Kimotho is trying to raise nearly £2m to build the spinal injury rehabilitation unit in Nairobi, the first in East Africa. To do this, he has started pushing himself across Africa, from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to South Africa where the nearest spinal unit is.
Matthew Pinsent met him as he approached the Kenya-Tanzania border at which point he had covered more than 100 miles and had still had more than 2,000 remaining.
According to the news reports, Zack’s journey has stopped near the Tanzanian border while he is awaiting the renewal of the fundraising license.
Zackary Kimotho was born in 1968 at Kigumo division in Murang’s country. He attended Karninga primary school and also attended Nyeri High school for his ordinary level education until 1988.
Bring Zack Back Home is the fund-raising initiative that is aimed to raise Kenyan Shillings 250 million to build the spinal injury treatment center in Kenya that can accommodate up to 75,000 spinal injury victims. This fund-raising initiative was launched by local charity Kenyan Paraplegic Organization which works to help people living with serious injuries of spinal cord injury in Kenya.