Category: Events

09 Sep
By: Vince 0

Governor Mbugua Unveils 2014 Cycling With The Rhino Race

NAKURU, Kenya 9th September 2014 – Governor Mbugua unveiled this years “Cycling with the Rhino” race, set to be held on the 27th of September at the Lake Nakuru National Park.

The adventurous cycling competition is held annually to raise funds for the rehabilitation of a 74-square Kilometer electric fence and undertake community conservation education around the park which is a successful Rhino breeding sanctuary.

Governor Mbugua urged the public to take conservation matters and agenda seriously as there is more than just conserving it for tourists.

“We should stop saying that we are conserving our wildlife or environment for tourists. Let’s conserve it also for ourselves. We need to take it further and cultivate in our minds that this animals and the environment are ours and also part of our heritage.”

He added the County is on the course of playing its role in the conservation of our wildlife and environment.

“We as a Government through the assembly are working round the clock to formulate bills that will go a long way in conserving this heritage of ours and we do have adequate plans to put some provisions for this causes in our annual budgets from the able two ministries of tourism and environment.”

Corporate sponsors and partners donated monetary sponsorships for the annual event. The County Government of Nakuru donated 500,000 Ksh.

Stakeholders, sponsors, the community living around the park come together to cycle through the dusty hills and valleys, crisscrossing the heart of Nakuru town and its environs before culminating in a lifetime experience of a tour and adventure of the Lash Lake Nakuru National Park.

So far 22 of the 74 km of the fence has been rehabilitated including funding the KWS social responsibility activities.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County Secretary Joseph Motari, among several CeC’s from the County Government.

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09 Sep
By: Vince 0

Nakuru County To Sponsor 550 Youth For 2014 GDC Marathon

NAKURU, Kenya 9th September 2014 – County Government of Nakuru has taken a giant step in nurturing talented athletes by sponsoring them in the upcoming Geothermal Menengai Half Marathon set for the 21st of September 2014 in Nakuru.

The County Government will sponsor 550 youths by selecting 10 from each of the 55 wards to take part in the annual race that enters its third edition this year.

Speaking to the press this morning to announce the partnership, Governor Mbugua noted that his government was committed in giving untapped talent from the County, a chance to showcase their prowess.

“As a County Government, sports is an integral part of our social and economic development. In fact, we are putting in place all the requisite measures that will position Nakuru as a premier location to host sporting events. The County has taken a lead for this event to be a success by sponsoring the youth to participate as a means of tapping raw talent. We intend to sponsor over 550 people for the 21km half marathon to propel them to bigger races.”

The directorate of sports will work hand in hand with various Members of County Assemblies from all wards in picking the 10 athletes who will be catered for during the event.

He also added that the County intends to create a road map towards uplifting the standards of sport-persons, in terms of self and personal development for the life beyond athletics.

“We plan for the talented athletes not only to prosper in running but also get good education skills, learn about business and managing their winnings, through forming partnership with learning and financial institutions.”

The partnership will see the county Government enhance the prize money to 300,000 Ksh from the earlier 150,000 Ksh and increase the prize range to make sure all who finish in the top 10 positions in the various categories receive prizes. The County will also facilitate the registration of the athletes and form a County Executive and Assembly teams that will take part in the team races.

The apt theme of the marathon this year is ‘Run for Health’ with the proceeds going towards supporting the improvement of health facilities in Nakuru county.

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