THE 4 PILLARS OF THE RUN
'Challenging The Heights'
CREATING CANCER AWARENESS
The Meru Cancer Institute is in nascent stages with PPP secretariat NT. Negotiations have been going on at the treasury to get international transaction advisors to help put a 1.6 billion Kenya Shillings, Cancer Institute at the Meru Level 5 Hospital. In addition the Kenya Government has committed 300 million Kenya Shillings to support the same exercise. The Meru County has also set aside 2 acres for the Cancer Institute. The Institute will also partner with Kenyatta University Hospital to enable access to the Pet Scan machine for easy detection of cancer.
Mt Kenya is being opened up as an alternative to beach and safari tourism. We are pursuing some partners to install cable cars at the mountain amongst other initiatives.
A road has been done all the way to Lake Ellis to enjoy the mountain with the consideration of doing a road all the way to the top of the mountain.
We are also looking at the possibility of developing hotels along the mountain.
SPORTS & WELL-BEING
The run aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle culture that embraces sports in Meru county. We aim for healthy citizens. Prevention is better than cure.
We have started the Bongo and Rhino Sanctuary up the mountain in partnership with Lewa Conservancy and the Mt. Kenya community.
Mountain Bongo used to be plenty on the mountain however, Bongo and Black Rhino populations globally have been dwindling towards extension.
Strides have been made to improve the situation. Various stakeholders, including KWS, KFS and the Lewa Conservation have trained Community Forest Associations(CFAs) on what to expect, as the county plans to welcome Bongo from a San Francisco-based conservatory. the process will involve airlifting the animals.
A license is in the works for the county government to set aside about 80 acres to create the Rhino and Bongo sanctuary. This initiative will cost about 200 million Kenya shillings.