April 26, 2013

Earth Day 2013: Press Release

Earth Race”

Release Date: 21st April 2013
Venue:  Thogoto Town Centre,
Time: 9am – 4pm

 “There is a need for more unity and synergy in promoting environmental conservation”. These remarks were made by Mr. Francis Wainaina, Kikuyu County Representative yesterday during 2013’s Earth Race at Thogoto Town Centre. The activity was organised by Ride-strong cycling foundation in partnership with African Youth Initiative on Climate ChangeKenya (AYICC-K) http://www.kenyanclimateyouth.blogspot.com to mark this year’s World Earth Day  (http://www.earthday.org). The event dubbed Thogoto Green Earth Race Challenge – 2013 aimed at raising awareness on sustainable lifestyles (cycling) that enhance the appreciation of the earth’s resources (environment-friendly mode of transport) while building strong, healthy and drug free youth who will foster a green economy nation to eradicate poverty and curb climate change.

The event drew its participants from over 1,000 local community, leaders (County Rep Mr. Francis Wainaina), cyclists, universities (Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Presbyterian University of East Africa), Non Governmental Organisations (wildlife Africa and Nature products), Government Agencies (e.g. municipal council) Community Based Organisations (Thogoto Usafi Self Help Group) as well as private sector.

The event features tree planting, where the local community joined hands in tree planting, cycling, entertainments as well as presentations from different participants. The cyclists went through an endearing 50Km course around the Kikuyu area. The competition categories were women category - 2 participants, elites category – 10 participants, junior category 9 partipants, black mamba category – 6 participants, all covering 50 kms. The overall winner was Mr. David Kinja who completed the race in 1 hours and 41 minutes.

In his speech, the county representative noted and acknowledged the youth’s commitment in environmental conservation and pledged his full support in such initiatives. His remarks were echoed by different speakers who pointed out that environmental conservation is a responsibility of every citizen.

Fagging off of the cycling race

The cycling team after the race

Tree planting, which was part of the event

Some of the participants who attended the event

Kiambu county representative issuing certificate to winners

The overall winner, Mr David Kinja

PROUD SPONSORS: Pan African Climate Justice Alliance PACJA, Nature Production, Green Africa Foundation, Reriani Hotels, Alphine Coolers, Kiambu County Municipal, Kenya Red Cross Kenya Police and  Wildlife Africa.

Prepared by: Kennedy Wahome


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