The 500 Supporters' Group

Early 2000, in support of Br Frank Chappell of the Christian Brothers, Noel O'Brien together with a group of like-minded people initiated bi-annual sporting orientated lunches to raise funds for the Edmund Rice Overseas Aid Fund. 

Our primary objective has been to help meet the annual operating costs of the Ruben Centre, which exceeds $850,000. Proudly The 500 Supporters' Group are crucial donor, via the Edmund Rice Foundation. 

Since its establishment, The 500 Supporters' Group has raised in excess of $3 million.

In 2017, together we raised over $3760,000 for the Ruben Centre, join us as we endeavour to continue supporting those who live in Mukuru. 

Our Journey


  • Organisation established by Noel O'Brien

  • Medical treatment provided from tin sheds


  • Modern medical clinic & facilities opened


  • Water treatment plant & sanitation system installation for Embulbul community

  • Resources block constructed at BBCEC 

  • Physician sponsorship program commences 


  • New medical clinic opened
  • Over 75,000 patients treated at Ruben Medical Centre
  • Fresh water bore & playground opened


  • New block of 24 classrooms opened
“I’ve been involved with The 500 Supporters’ Group since its inception in 2001, and am proud of the work that has already been completed in one of the poorest regions of Nairobi, Kenya.

Much still needs to be done, so, please join us and help the Christian Brothers provide basic health and education
for the poorest people in Africa.”
— Leon Wiegard, OAM