In Summary
  • This year Omollo was named the winner of the Fifpro Merit Award for his outstanding community work in Dandora
  • Elgeyo-Marakwet based coach Kimaiyo was nominated due to the good work he has been doing at his Kapsait camp especially with youth from cattle-rustling communities
  • Ong'ondo, who works with two volunteers to help with translation, solely caters for their allowances and sources for kits from the President of Malta Cricket Paul Bradley

Harambee Stars midfielder Johanna Omollo and World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei’s coach Eric Kimaiyo are among four personalities nominated for the 2019 Safaricom Sports Personality of the Year Award (Soya) Community Hero top honour.

Also in contention are former international cricketer Peter Ong’ondo and another football coach Bernard Makumi.

The winner will be declared and rewarded alongside others during the 2019 Soya Gala planned for January 24 in Mombasa County.

The Belgium-based Omollo has been nominated because of the work he does with the Johanna Omollo Foundation in Dandora where he began his football career.

The foundation, which was started in 2017, has been supporting kids through education scholarships, mentorship and entrepreneurship programmes.

The foundation also provides sanitary pads to teenage girls among many other initiatives meant to uplift the livelihoods of the youth of the informal sector.

Over 80 kids have received school fees and other supplies while 200 girls benefit by getting sanitary pads every month.

The Harambee Stars player is also a member of Common Goal, a charitable organisation that draws willing professional footballers and coaches to donate one percent of their wages to non-governmental organisations working in football.

This year Omollo was named the winner of the Fifpro Merit Award for his outstanding community work in Dandora.

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