Julia Strong

Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association became aware of the HBO film, Wit, early in 2011. The film is based on the 1999 Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson, and features the Academy Award winning actress Emma Thompson. The film tells the moving story of Vivian bearing (Emma Thompson), a 48 year old University professor, who learns the importance of simple human kindness when faced with the most daunting crisis - a diagnosis of advanced cancer. 

To mark World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2011, KEHPCA gained permission to show the first Kenyan Film screening of 'Wit' at the Alliance Francaise cultural centre in Nairobi. KEHPCA welcomed around 125 guests to watch the movie, which was followed by a 5 minute short film about Hospice Care in Kenya, Frontline Palliative Care (http://kehpca.org/about/missionvision/). After the films, all guests enjoyed a complimentary drinks reception, in which the raffle was also drawn. Special guest speaker Carole Mandi, Publisher of True Love and Drum East Africa magazines, introduced the event, and picked the winner of the top raffle prize - a three day holiday to Diani Beach - in the reception after. 

The event raised around Ksh170,000 for KEHPCA, and was featured as 'pick of the week' in the Saturday Daily Nation newspaper and in True Love and Drum magazines.

  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Written by: Julia Strong
  • Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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