As part of its CSR activities, Copy Cat Group staff took part in a rafting contest in aid of Faraja Cancer Support Trust which provides emotional, practical and healing support to anyone affected by cancer.
Faraja provides cancer patients and their care-givers with information, advice, counseling and complementary therapies in order to make their cancer journey a little more manageable.
Faraja has been organizing water rafting competitions at Savage Wilderness Camp in an effort to raise funds, with this year’s being the third contest. In 2016, several firms were represented at the event including KRA; GIO GIO; Lancet Kenya; NIC Bank as well as Faraja Team.
The Copy Cat team – dubbed ‘Team Catalyst’ – comprised of Michael Mutua (team leader); Eric Sande (strongman); Olivia Hera (Miss Pope); Mark Bob Ogola (US $80 paddle man) and Steve Odhiambo (Mr Majestic).
The course had three sections, namely Rodeo event ‘hang on to dear life’ (The team that stayed in the raft for the longest period of time won the section); Slalom event (each team raced down a 1-km section of the river in which they had to pass through 5 downstream gates and 5 up stream gates. The event was both a timed event and there were points gathered as they passed through the gates without hitting them) and Down River race (a race covering a 4 km section of river. All the teams started at the same place at the same time and raced each other down the 4-km of amazing white water. The team that had the fastest time won the event).
Team Catalyst at first had a challenging time in the water as Steve fell into the water and Mark at some point due to the exhaustion lost his US $80 dollar paddle and had to be a ‘passenger’ up to the end of that section. In the next two sections, the team had gotten used to the 3-metre drops and the rapids. Their efforts earned them 4th overall position plus medals even though they first-time participants.
KRA Conquerors were the overall winners followed by GIO GIO then Lancet Kenya at position 3. Farja Team One tied with Copy Cat’s Catalysts in fourth position while Faraja Team Two was fifth. Sixth position went to KRA Gladiators while NIC Bank was seventh.
The event was a success as Faraja managed to realise over Kshs 3.7 million that will go towards supporting cancer patients.