Sigh of relief to athletes as Trauma centre comes up

Jul 19, 2011

Plans are under way to construct a state-of-the-art counseling facility where athletes can be advised on issues pertaining to psycho-social trauma.

Amani Counseling Centre and Training Institute (ACCTI) through its coordinator, Susan Kaitany said that the ground breaking for the Trauma Centre and Rapid Response Unit facility, the first of its kind in East and Central Africa is expected to start before December this year.

“This will be a one-stop counseling facility where our athletes who have been victims of emotional trauma can find help, we hope to start the construction before the end of the year,” said Kaitany.

Former Olympian, Douglas Wakihuri hailed the project saying that the facility will help prevent unnecessary death of athletes which could otherwise been prevented.

“There is need for more of such centers in Kenya to help athletes and the general public with counseling. One thing which we have done to this country as athletes is to represent it in the international arena while the biggest reward we’ve gotten from the same government is to deny us a home where we can get help, the center will be our new home,” said the former marathoner.

“Probably if we had such a facility by the beginning of the year, Samuel Wanjiri would still be alive.” he added. The center has lined up a marathon, (Amani Charity Run) as a means of raising part of the 20 million shillings required for the construction of the facility.

According to the marathon Technical Director, Robert Ouko, the registration for thee 10km race which is open to all persons above 13 years and kid’s 5km is ongoing. Registration tickets can be bought at all the leading Supermarkets in Nairobi also online at www.amanicharityrun.com.

The race which will take place on August 27th, 2010 and will be flagged off by Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka at Nairobi West Prison at 7.30 am. The 10km race will go through Langata Road, Mombasa/ Uhuru highway, Ngong Road, Mbagathi Road and back to Langata Road before ending at the Nairobi Prison.

 Once complete, the center will also provide clinical services, referral unit, and recovery centre for rape victims among others.

 

Elvince Joshua

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