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Cycle with the Rhino 2010
Date Published: 15 Sep, 2010
Preparations for this year’s Cycle with the Rhino event to be held this week in Lake Nakuru National Park are complete.So far, Sh 4.5 million has been raised out of this year’s target of Sh15 million for conservation of the fragile Lake Nakuru National Park and its environs. Registration of cyclists is going on in Lake Nakuru National Park and at Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters Resource Mobilisation office in Nairobi.More sponsors have pledged to contribute before the event is held on Saturday.
The funds raised in this year’s race will be used to erect a 10-km baboon-proof electric fence at an estimated cost of Sh 1.2 million per kilometre as well as conduct sensitisation on environmental conservation and community projects. Main sponsors of the event (Platinum Sponsor) Standard Chartered Bank and Safaricom (Gold Sponsor) today confirmed their sponsorship of Sh2 million and Sh500,000 respectively. Their representatives assessed the cycling route as well as visited the baboon-proof electric fence constructed using the Sh7 million raised in last year’s cycling race. Other key sponsors of the event include Geothermal Development Corporation (Gold Sponsor) Sh500,000, Kenya Commercial Bank (Silver Sponsor) Sh350,000 and Gilgil Telecommunications Industries (Silver Sponsor) Sh350,000.
Pledges of more contributions have been made by Hygienic hotel, Stem hotel, Pega Tours, St. Elizabeth, Bhogals Garage, Sunbird (Go-ballooning), Save the Rhino International, Elite schools, WWF, Lake Nakuru Lodge, Sarova Lion Hill, Flamingo Hill Camp, Bontana Hotel, Kenya Tourist Board, Brand Kenya and UUNET. Categories of Cycling In a departure from previous events, the Cycle with the Rhino 2010, expects 200 cyclists participating in three categories. They are children’s race, covering 2km. The second is the junior race covering 21 km and finally the senior (professional) category covering 67 km. The participation fee for corporates is Sh50,000 while individual registration is Sh 6,500 (equivalent to the cost of erecting an electric fence from one post to the other).
Cycle with the Rhino’ is an annual fun-filled fundraising event organised by Kenya Wildlife Service with the support of the Nakuru business community and stakeholders around the Lake Nakuru National Park.
This year event will be held on 18th September 2010. The objective of the event is to erect a 74-kilometre baboon-proof electric fence which is critical in the management of human wildlife conflict as well as sensitisation of local communities in the area on the importance of protecting and conserving wildlife species and alternative wildlife enterprise for their economic benefit. The last Cycle with the Rhino event held in 2009 was spectacular. A total of 69 cyclists participated including amateurs, young riders, professionals and the most unlikely ones...the old. They tackled the wild rugged dusty tracks and hills of Lake Nakuru National Park and helped to raise Sh7 million. These funds have been used to enhance conservation projects in this internationally renowned bird’s watcher’s paradise.
The park is famous for its millions of flamingos, a highly successful rhino breeding sanctuary as well as an international Ramsar site. The park also boasts of hosting over 300 bird species and over 50 mammal species. It also has the Rothschild giraffe which was recently added to the IUCN endangered list. The park’s sustainability is highly threatened by the increasing urbanisation, pollution, land de-gradation and decrease in quality and quantity of water into the lake. Research has shown that unless immediate solutions are found, we stand to lose this important eco-system in the next eight years.
Other pre-event activities
• Road show –The road show will start at the railways- through Kenyatta Avenue on the 16th September 2010.