On the 25th of January, we made our way down to Naivasha Town, for the inaugural Longonot Marathon. We had made an early start hoping, hoping to finalize the last leg of the marathon before the hot sun descended.
Renowned athletes famed locally and internationally including Henry Wanyoike, Jonah Birir, and Mathew Birir took part in the race. The winners walked away with a cash prize of 100,000kshs each in the race that combined fitness and fun.
This event was dubbed ” A run for shelter for street children”. We saw the need to do something about the approximately 560 street children in Naivasha Town. In partnership with the local community, Longonot Gate aims to raise kshs. 4 Million to get accommodation in identified areas where the children will be taken care of while at the same time get them into schools.
The annual event is part of Longonot Gate’s Social Responsibility plan to support and make a difference to the communities living around its upcoming holiday Resort, conference and Golf City.
Longonot Gate’s Chairman, Lee Karuri, felt that ” Positively impacting the lives of the communities we work in will help promote a conducive environment for investment opportunities in Naivasha. This initiative will also help nurture Naivasha as a tourist and getaway town.