The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has announced a KShs 2 million sponsorship for the forthcoming Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships which will be held in Meru County on February 22nd .
Speaking at Co-operative Bank House where the announcement was made, Co-operative Bank’s Group Managing Director and CEO, Dr.. Gideon Muriuki, said the sponsorship was a natural choice for the bank as it fits within the environment and health pillars of its Foundation.
“We are pleased to be part of this initiative as its objectives fit perfectly within our Foundation’s pillars on the environment and health. We look forward to being part of Meru County’s efforts to fight cancer and enhance the environment through the forthcoming run,” he said.
The Mt. Kenya Mountain Running Championships targets 5,000 participants to help raise funds to fight cancer, boost environmental conservation and promote the region as a tourist and investment hub.
The event will feature four race categories which are: the 2km family fun run; the 6km and 8km junior run and a 12km elites’ race through the challenging Mount Kenya forest tracks.
Proceeds from the Championships will be used to fund the establishment of the Meru Cancer Center at the local Level 5 Hospital and a sanctuary for the mountain bongo and rhinos.
The elite winner of the 12KM race category will take home KShs 500,000 while runner-up will take home KShs 250,000; while the second runner-up will take home KShs 100,000.
Speaking at the sponsorship event, Meru County Governor, Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, lauded the bank for its support saying that the funds will go a long way towards making the event a success.
“We are grateful to the Co-operative Bank of Kenya for their support of the upcoming inaugural Mt. Kenya Run. Their support will have a significant impact in making the event a success and we look forward to walking the journey to fight cancer and enhance our environment in Meru together with them,” he said.