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Wheelbarrow race raises sh9.4 million for conservation

Date Published: 12 Jun, 2013
Wheelbarrow race raises sh9.4 million for conservation

The fifth edition of the annual “To Hell’s Gate on a Wheelbarrow” at the Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha is a corporate team building, sporting and adventure getaway event. It is organized by Kenya Wildlife Service and other key stakeholders to raise funds for conservation of endangered wildlife resources in the area

The race is part of KWS fundraising mission for the construction of a modern conservation education complex estimated to cost Sh30 million. The facility will play a key role in the mobilization and sensitization of over one million inhabitants from local communities in Naivasha on the importance of protecting and conserving wildlife species as well as educating them on alternative wildlife enterprise for their economic benefit.

The fun-filled event that attracted thousands of spectators and participants saw various teams compete to push each other on wheelbarrows across 7 kilometres of challenging terrain inside Hell’s Gate National Park.

During the race flower growers Florencis hammer were the toss of the day as they scooped the top position in the elite’s category Vdberg emerged the second while Crayfish camp was ranked third. Florencis also managed to scoop the top prize for the ‘‘Best Pimped Wheelbarrow’ at the event.

The event was graced by the Italian Ambassador to Kenya, Her Excellency Paola Imperiale, who was the Chief Guest, KENGEN CEO Mr. Eddy Njoroge and KWS Director Mr. William Kiprono among other distinguished guests
Mr Njoroge said KenGen management was considering donating proceeds from one drilled wells in Ol Karia for wildlife conservation activities. He said a committee of stakeholders, including KWS would be formed to work on the modalities of implementation. 

With part of the funds from previous events KWS has purchased education equipment used to enhance its outreach programme to communities. The programme has already covered most of the 110 schools covering the wider Naivasha and Longonot area.  

Sponsors of this year’s event included Kengen who are the platinum sponsors, Capital FM, the official radio sponsor, Kenya Tourism Board, Mabati Rolling Mills, Oserian Development, Tuskys Supermarket, Uchumi Supermarket, Finlays and The Boma among others.

The fun-filled day was crowned by an evening bush party and Afro Fusion concert with live performances by the famous Sauti Sol band. The Capital FM Djs were also on hand to provide revelers with top-notch entertainment after the concert.

 

 

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