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Record funds raised in Lewa

NAIROBI, Kenya, February 12 – Last year’s Safaricom Lewa marathon raised a record Sh29.5 million up from Sh18 million the previous year.

SAFARICOM_LEWAThe amount brings to Sh130 million the amount raised since the marathon’s inception ten year’s ago.

So far communities leaving around Lewa have benefited from funds raised through past marathons, such as the Isiolo district hospital, Nanyuki Cottage hospital and local schools,” said Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.

A record 750 runners participated in last year’s marathon with 600 taking part in the half marathon while 15 runners took part in the full course.

About 800 runners are expected for this year’s event which will be held on June 27 at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Samburu district.

“I would like to appeal to runners, sponsors and corporate companies to register for the marathon which has helped in reducing human wildlife conflicts and raising funds for community development,” said Joseph.

Other benefactors have included local women groups who have received funds to initiate small and medium scale enterprises which can uplift their living standards.

Boreholes and water tanks have also been put up, from funds raised through the marathon.

Among the elite runners will be five time world cross country and former world marathon record holder Paul Tergat and world marathon champion Catherine Ndereba who will lead a pack of local and international athletes in the marathon famously known for its rough terrain.

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Benson Kaptikou and Emma Muthoni were the winners of last year’s marathon which is the only one that is run in a game reserve.

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  1. Senoritadoroda

    October 13, 2011 at 9:25 am

    What is worse is that whatever the media says. People normally view it as the gospel truth.Recently one of the leading newspapers featured a model who almost nude.And I wondered who it was meant for.As much as nudity sells.Morality and integrity should override everything else.Because the media has a moral responsibility to the society. For more on this click on:

  2. Pratt

    April 21, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I totally concur with you Sir! When you closely look at what has appeared in print and even electronic media, you certainly start wondering whether the people behind it were drunk or something. Even national interests and security are irrationally insulted with abandon. Remember that Ship which was carrying tanks that was hijacked by Somali pirates? Some Media houses behaved as though Kenya was on trial. Forgeting that whether the tanks were ours or not, we were bound to benefit either way. Fanning tribalism has become their best pastime. And when it comes to politics, tribal loyalty is quickly fronted. Merchants of deceit are idolized, made national heros and moral high priests. However, no nation can prosper on basis of rampant lies and malicious empty propaganda. These are things that government should put to an end. Furthermore, its the duty of every government to protect its citizens against seemingly wicked lot. In any case, democracy seems to have arrived too early for some of us.

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