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KRA, KenGen in Kenya peace initiative

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 13 – The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has boosted The Great Turkwel Race and Cultural Beauty Show by signing off a sponsorship contract for Sh500,000 with Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

The funds will go towards the planning and staging of the event, which will take place on Saturday September 25 in Turkwel, North Western Kenya.

Combining a 10 kilometre race around the scenic Turkwel Gorge and a cultural beauty show staged by young women from the communities of North Western Kenya, The Great Turkwel Race and Cultural Beauty Show is an enticing experience that will introduce participants to unprecedented fun and adventure.

Funds raised from the event will go towards fostering peace activities in the area. A large sum of the funds will be used to build a primary school with boarding facilities for children from all communities in the area. It is hoped that the children will learn and interact together, becoming a new generation that values peace.

"We are proud to be associated with this noble community initiative that is in line with our corporate social responsibility policy to focus on youth activities." said KRA Commissioner General Michael Waweru, as he signed the sponsorship documents with KenGen Managing Director Eddy Njoroge.

"This is a great partnership for KenGen and KRA and it will help in making The Great Turkwel Race and Cultural Beauty Show a great and better event," said Mr Njoroge as he also accented the sponsorship contract.

At the ceremony, Mr Njoroge also announced the official kick-off of registration of athletes, individual and corporate teams for The Great Turkwel Race and Cultural Beauty Show.  He said those participating in the race and cultural beauty show will contribute towards peace building efforts in the volatile North Western Kenya.

The registration of athletes and corporate teams for the event began on Tuesday and will continue until the deadline of August 31. Entry forms giving details on costs and accommodation options are available to download from www.kengen.co.ke.

"The communities leaving in North-Western Kenya will benefit from funds raised through this event as they will be committed to the area’s peace initiatives," Mr Njoroge said.

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“The race and cultural beauty show will provide an exciting and rewarding opportunity for participants to enjoy the cultural diversity of the scenic North Western Kenya while at the same time making a difference in the lives of the local communities,” said Mr Njoroge.

The first Turkwel Race & Cultural Beauty Show was held three years ago as a social event that brought together warriors from warring communities in the North Western Parts of the Country. The race and beauty show touched the attention of many, locally and abroad with its originality and participation of community participation.

This year, the race transforms from a social to a fundraising event with individuals and corporates contributing by paying participating fees and sponsorships. Funds raised will be used in high impact projects in Turkana and Pokot districts.

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