Nairobi, Kenya, October 1 – The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has received an additional Shs 1.5 million from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Bank, Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM), and Mediheal Hospital which will be channeled towards the upcoming Inaugural Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival set for October 8.
Tourism CS Najib Balala, who spoke after receiving the donation at the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters, expressed his satisfaction with positive responses by Kenyans towards the initiative which is targeting to collect at least Shs 100 million for the financial year 2021 – 22.
The fete which will be held at the Amboseli national park will allow individuals and organizations to adopt and give names to selected elephants after donating funds towards the program which is aimed at boosting conservation efforts of the endangered species.
“This initiative has been well embraced by the public which is really positive and motivating to us. We are aiming to ensure that we bring everybody on board because conservation should be of interest to everyone, it ensures that we maintain what we have for our future generations,” said CS Balala.
KCB director of corporate banking Esther Waititu said the festival provides an opportunity for the firm to play a role in conservation which aligns with its business strategy for best practice in the sustainability framework
“We are proud to be part of making a better future for elephants and improving the relations between wildlife and humans,” he said.
On his part, MRM head of business Manish Mehra commented “The ministry has opened a door for us to expand our interest in our CSR areas that focus partly on the environment, and we are looking forward to a lasting partnership in this area of conservation”
Kenya Breweries Limited has also set aside Sh 1 million for the festival.