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Sh10 million raised for conservation from wheelbarrow race

Date Published: 17 Jun, 2011
Sh10 million raised for conservation from wheelbarrow race

Participants of this years ‘To Hells Gate On A Wheelbarrow’ take off from the start point after being flagged of by the Board of Trustees Chairman Hon. David Mwiraria at the Fischers tower, Hells Gate National Park.

More than Sh10 million was raised during the third edition of the yearly “ To Hell’s Gate on a Wheelbarrow” event at the Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha. This was a rise from the Sh7.1 million raised at the event last year.The event, is an annual fun-filled corporate team building, sporting and adventure getaway event organised by KWS and key stakeholders to raise funds for conservation of endangered wildlife resources in the area.Proceeds raised from the event go towards raising funds for the construction of a fully- equipped Conservation Education Centre in Hell’s Gate National Park.

The facility will play a key role in the mobilisation and sensitisation of over one million inhabitants of local communities in Naivasha on the importance of protecting and conserving wildlife species, as well educating them on alternative wildlife enterprise for their economic benefit.

The Naivasha ecosystem is home to over 67,000 wild animals of which only five percent are enclosed within the protected areas of Hell’s gate and Mt. Longonot National Parks.The other 95 per cent of wild animals roam freely on land belonging to local communities. This has resulted in both human wildlife conflict and continued human encroachment within the area.

KWS plans to construct an electric fence to secure Hell’s gate and Mt. Longonot National Parks to ensure the safety of residents of Naivasha while protecting the unique endangered wildlife in the area for future generations and posterity. After the event, those present were treated to a bush party at the park with the highlight being a live Afro-Fusion concert featuring performances by top bands in East Africa including Sauti Sol and The Villager’s Band.

Sponsors of the event included Kengen (Platinum sponsor), Royal Media Service, Kenya Airways, Standard Chartered Bank, Africa Nazarene University, Coca Cola, Kenya Tourist Board, Enashipai Spa and Resort, Red Court Hotel, Kesal, Homegrown.
The event saw an elite competitors of 100 teams and 24 corporate teams each comprising of 10 people fighting off for the top prizes.Winners in the corporate category included Kengen, ARN Security and Crayfish Camp. The team of Michael Bore and Eric Yego from Maridadi Flowers scooped the top prize in the elite category. 

Background

A total of Sh. 7.1 million was raised during the event last year. Hell’s Gate National is located approximately 100 km North-West of Nairobi, comprising mainly of the savanna ecosystem.The park boasts of an incredible 103 different species and offers some of the most scenic and well- equipped campsites in Kenya.The park is also famous for the 25-meter Fischer’s Tower which offers an excellent rock climbing opportunity. Other sporting activities in the park include walking, cycling, hiking and mountain climbing.
 

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