21m raised from 2012 StanChart Marathon

Nov 29, 2021
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The 2012 Nairobi Standard Chartered Marathon held last month that drew over 19, 000 participants realised Ksh. 21.1 million surpassing last year's amount by Sh. 4.1 million.

This was revealed by the organizers on Thursday during the cheque presentation of marathon proceeds to East Africa ‘seeing is believing’ project consortiums in Nairobi.

The funds which were raised from registration fees and cash donations from individual and corporate participants will go towards supporting the Kenyan chapter of the ‘seeing is believing’ child eye health project.

Standard Chartered Bank Executive Director for Consumer Banking Kariuki Ngari expressed satisfaction to all those who supported the marathon to make it a success and singled out the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs for recognizing it as a national event.

“We are privileged to be associated with the government’s efforts to provide opportunities for the youth to showcase their talent in athletics.”

Athletics Kenya, under the chairmanship of Isaiah Kiplagat, was equally lauded for giving the marathon unstinting support more so in ensuring the annual event gets accreditation from the IAAF to make it a truly international event. “We have built a very strong partnership with AK that will no doubt enable us take this event from strength to strength,” Ngari said.

Ksh.85 million raised from the 10 editions of Nairobi marathon

Gloria Tergat, the daughter of retired marathoner Paul Tergat, from Cavina School was awarded for raising the highest amount of money by an individual towards the marathon which totalled to Sh.75, 000.

David Okeyo lauded the organizers for the initiative and called on people of goodwill to show more support which is vital to the growth of the marathon.

“We want to see it grow like London and New York marathons. However, all stakeholders have to come on board to make that a realized dream.”

The marathon which marked its tenth year in Kenya has to date raised over $1 million (Sh.85 million) which has helped restore eyesight to over 4, 500 children under the age of nine throughout the country.

The 11th edition of the Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon will be held on October 27 2013.

 

 

Francis Marangu

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