St John Ambulance is set to hold a fundraiser to train boda boda riders, and matatu operators on Saturday, June 18, from 7 am to 12 noon.
In a press statement sent to newsrooms, more than 1,000 people have signed up for the inaugural walk at the Ngong Road Forest which targets to raise Sh 12 million.
"The fundraiser has attracted over 40 schools and corporate partners, among them Safaricom, Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and Insurance Regulatory Authority.
"Proceeds of the fundraiser will this year be channelled to training of 2,000 Bodaboda Operators across the country in First Aid Skills and equip each one of the trained riders with a refillable first aid kit," part of the statement read.
According to St John Ambulance, many victims of road accidents die due to poor handling by untrained first responders.
"For instance, a trapped victim may be bleeding profusely but untrained rescuers rush to pull out the victim without first trying to stop the bleeding, this results in death within a few minutes," the statement reads in part.
St John Ambulance, a charitable organization in Kenya, identified bodaboda riders as the best fit for this training.
Data from emergency calls at the ambulance dispatch center indicates that boda boda riders are the first to arrive at almost all accident scenes as witnesses or as rescuers. The event is open to the public.