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Lewa Safaricom Marathon Raises Record-High Funds

September 20, 2008

Over Ksh 31 million (approximately US$480,000) was raised from this year Lewa Safaricom Marathon, the highest amount ever from the annual race. Since its inception in 2000, the Marathon has raised more than Ksh 150 million (approximately US$ 1.7 million).

Ten percent of this year’s proceeds (approximately Ksh3.1 million) will be donated to the Kenya Red Cross Society, to assist those who were internally displaced following the post-election crisis. Other beneficiaries of the Marathon will include health, education, conservation and community development projects in and around the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

Sponsors of the 2008 Marathon included Nokia Siemens, Cementers Ltd, Morgan Stanley, Standard Chartered, GlaxoSmithKlein, Hewlett Packard, Nokia, Motorola, General Motors, Ericsson, DHL, RIM – Blackberry, Linksoft Communications, Pesa Point, Safarilink, Kobo Safaris, Psitek, Ribena – GSK, KPMG, Uchumi, Highland Water, Nakumatt and BATUK. Safaricom staff, known as the Safaricom Lions of Lewa, raised Ksh5 million.

“The satisfaction of taking part in the Safaricaom Marathon for many participants lies in the fact that they are running for a good cause. This is an event with purpose – to raise funds to make life better for others. On behalf of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, I convey a big thank you to everyone,” said Jonathan Moss, Chief Executive Officer of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.

The event will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, the 27th of June 2009. For information on entry and accommodation please contact