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Barclays Kenya has launched Step Ahead 2010, a campaign aimed at raising KSH15m (approximately £130,000) to enable disadvantaged public schools to access clean water and sanitation facilities.

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We are very proud of the Barclays Step Ahead programme which serves as a platform to raise awareness of the needs in our public schools and provides Barclays colleagues with the opportunity to make a sustainable impact on the lives of less fortunate students across the country.
Nick Mbuvi, Commercial Banking Director at Barclays Kenya

Colleagues will raise funds by organising a 10 km walk in the town of Kisumu; a beach walk in the city of Mombasa; a 200 km bike ride through the towns of Kisumu, Maseno, Mbale and Mumias; and a two-day professional cycling race from the capital Nairobi to the town of Magadi in the Great Rift Valley.

Barclays Kenya is also selling merchandise, such as t-shirts, caps, bags and water bottles, in order to raise funds.

The schools that will benefit from the initiative will be identified in partnership with the country’s Ministry of Education.

Nick Mbuvi, Commercial Banking Director at Barclays Kenya, said: “We are very proud of the Barclays Step Ahead programme which serves as a platform to raise awareness of the needs in our public schools and provides Barclays colleagues with the opportunity to make a sustainable impact on the lives of less fortunate students across the country.”

Nick also commented on the professional cycling race, adding: "We are reaching out to professional riders, from across East Africa as well as other countries, to participate in the elite cycling race.

The Magadi race will be a test of skill and endurance."

“We already have a Barclays cycling team that is training for the big day and we welcome other companies to form teams and empower their employees to join this exciting endeavour.”

Since the inauguration of the annual Step Ahead campaign in 2004, colleagues and their family and friends have raised around KSH78.5m (approximately £690,000) to benefit 58 schools in all eight provinces in the country. The funds have gone towards the construction of science laboratories and libraries at schools such as Starehe Girls’ Secondary School in Nairobi, Gachika Secondary School in Central province and Nakuru Hills Special School in Rift Valley province.

The project is part of Charity begins at work, Barclays community investment programme aimed at using the skills and expertise of colleagues around the world to benefit local communities.

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