Fundraising record to be smashed at Lewa Marathon
26 February 2015, 18:00
Nairobi - A record KES 58 million was raised during last year's Safaricom Lewa Marathon which attracted 1 400 participants and more than 5 000 spectators.
This was according Safaricom chief
executive officer Bob Collymore who said that company was hoping to
raise more than Sh60m in this year's event that will be held on June 27
at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy where 1 500 athletes are expected to
This year's theme is "Run for a good
cause" with key focus on raising funds for wildlife protection and
supporting community projects around the conservancy. Registration the
marathon started on Wednesday.
Collymore said last year's
fundraising event attracted 1,200 runners in half and full marathons
with 180 children taking part in the kids race.
"Over 5,000 spectators and contestants from 43 nationalities were represented in the event," said Collymore.
Collymore noted that it's was through their initiate that no rhinoceros were lost to poachers in the last one year.
"This was due to the security measures that had been put in place to keep away poachers," he said.
"It also gives me joy to note that 15
new rhinoceros were born in 2014, this being the highest number since
the launch of Lewa conservancy."
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