More than 5,000 participants are expected to take part in this year’s Mama Sarah Obama Kogelo Road race. The race, which takes place on December 6, 2014, in Nyang’oma, Kogelo, Siaya County, will see participants begin registration on November 1 and end on November 30, 2014.
The winners in the 15km men and women’s categories will each take home KShs. 150,000, will also see other top 10 finishers awarded. .
“Registration will be done at designated points countrywide. Visa and MasterCard and mobile payment platforms have been permitted for the convenience of international participants,” Orinda said.
The race which is the brainchild of Mama Sarah Obama and Safeguard Orphans and Widows Organisation (SOWO) was initially planned for October 19 but was postponed to allow international participants and guests to register. The race also aims to promote cohesion among different communities, identify and promote athletics talents and enhances Kenya’s international image and profile through tourism.
The race whose main purpose is to create awareness for the Mama Sarah Obama’s Orphans and Widows campaign is one of the key events in this year’s Athletics Kenya calendar
Dr. Orinda said they are optimistic to raise over Sh200 million from the campaign to be used in building outreach centers for projects in 20 counties worst affected by HIV/AIDS pandemic.
The campaign 2014 – 2020 strategic framework will be unveiled soon and will see each of the target counties establish an outreach center managed by SOWO and county governments for programs sustainability. Each county outreach center will consist of a women self-help training unit, a mobile clinic, dispensary, HIV management and control unit, feeding program unit, and the county operations coordination office. The pilot county outreach centers shall be worst affected counties by HIV prevalence which include Nairobi, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Kisii, Kisumu and Kakamega. Kenya is ranked fourth globally in HIV/AIDS prevalence with 1,600,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, 190,000 children living with HIV/AIDS and 1,100,000 children orphaned due to HIV/AIDS.
The proceeds from the campaign will also be used in poverty eradication, education, combat HIV\AIDS and initiatives to support the girl child in collaboration with county governments, government agencies, corporate sponsors, donors and international aid partners. Mama Sarah Obama is currently supporting education program for orphans under SOWO to 834 children across three counties in primary, secondary and university with schools fees and uniforms. This program will be extended to other counties.
Tribe Hotel in Nairobi has boosted this year’s edition with a KShs 1.3 million sponsorship. Siaya County Government has also partnered with the race organisers to help make it bigger and better.
The race is also being supported by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
The race will be graced by Rwanda’s First Lady Mrs. Jeannette Kagame and Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mr. Ndaba Mandela, diplomats, ambassadors and corporate heads among other prominent leaders.
For more details please visit www.kogelomarathon.com