NAIROBI, Kenya, September 9- Preparations for The Great Turkwel Race to be held on September 25 are at an advanced stage. KenGen has partnered with Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation and ICIPE-sponsored Cabesi seeking to raise funds from corporate sponsors for peace building efforts among communities of Pokot and Turkana in North-Western Kenya.
“The Great Turkwel Race provides a platform for KenGen to interact with the host communities as we have one of the biggest hydropower station in Kenya based in Turkwel Gorge,” said KenGen managing director Eddy Njoroge.
The event includes a 10km race around the scenic Turkwel Gorge and a cultural beauty show involving beauties from the five communities from the region.
He added that the race provides a forum to bring together the Pokot and Turkana communities to deliberate on issues that affect the communities.
“Our intention is to close the infrastructural gap in the area and for this kind of development to take place; peace is a great pre-requisite,” said Njoroge.
The charity event will take place for the second time since it was established in 2006. Funds raised from the event are expected to benefit the communities mainly in the educational and environmental front.
In addition to building a secondary school for the communities in the area, cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the race and beauty show ranging from Sh10,000 to Sh50,000 to benefit the families in the immediate period after the race.
“Through The Great Turkwel Race we are now able to sustain mutually beneficial relationships with the Pokot and Turkana without which our business cannot succeed,” said Njoroge.
“We are sincerely grateful for support received from the organizations as the race and our objective would not succeed without their support. Whether they have done this through sponsorship or team registration, every cent goes a long way in helping these communities,” he added.
The Great Turkwel Race is amongst five of Tegla Loroupe Peace Foundation’s initiatives. Previous peace races include the recently held Moroto –Uganda Peace Race and the Tana River Peace Race.