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Mary Hill High School crowned Western regional winner of National Schools Championship

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Stanbic Bank Regional Manager, Ronnie Muganzi poses with the winners.

Mary Hill High School has been crowned Western regional winner of the ‘Stanbic National Schools Championship’ for 2017. They beat off stiff competition from four other schools and will now represent the region at the Grand finale set to be held in Kampala on 29 th April 2017.

Congratulating the team from Mary Hill High School at the prize giving ceremony, Ronnie Muganzi, Stanbic Bank Regional Manager said, “This is great news for Mary Hill High School, it wasn’t an easy competition but they are brilliant talented students and this clearly came through, I am very excited for them and wish them the best in the finals.”

The regional quiz competitions are the third stage in the National Schools Championship which started with classroom competitions and an essay challenge in February; held in each of Uganda’s four regions the students are tested in a team quiz format on financial literacy, life skills, logical thinking and general knowledge.

Giving an update on the progress of the competition so far Cathy Adengo, Head of CSI and Communications said that the bank was very happy with progress of the programme and pleased to see the amazing talent from across the country. “The level of enthusiasm and support from the students has been incredible and we are pleased that this competition is moving on to the next level that will show us the greatest minds in the country.”

Speaking about the next stage of the competition Martin Muhwezi, the Programme Director of the implementing partner revealed, “The teams who make it to the Grand finale are expected to develop and run a bank simulation project over a one month period. At the end of the month they each make presentations before a panel of judges on their project. The team deemed by the Judges to have conducted the best project wins the grand prize which is a fully paid trip to South Africa for the two team mates and their patron teacher plus lunch with the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank.”

40 schools and 4,000 students have taken part in this year’s competition; these include both Government and Private Schools chosen with due consideration by Stanbic Bank’s partners in the Championship the Ministry of Education and Sports.

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800 couples in mass wedding on Valentine’s Day

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Mass Wedding at Christian Life Church on Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated as a day for love and romance. And each year on February 14th, many people exchange gifts and flowers with their special loved ones. However, this year, it was more than just exchanging gifts and flowers at Christian Life Church in Bwaise as couples made vows to love each other till death do them apart.

This was during a mass wedding presided over by Pastor Jackson Ssenyonga where 800 couples exchanged their vows and officially entered into a covenant of holy matrimony.

The colourful ceremony kicked off early in the morning and the church premises were already a beehive of activity  by 9 am as the brides and grooms gleefully prepared for their big day. The joy for the newly weds-to-be was palpable all through out the preparation — from salon services, to dressing up and then the bridal procession.

Grooms, in their dark suits, welcomed their brides who were draped in white gowns and together they ambled into the waiting area amid loud cheers and ululation from friends and relatives who had come to bear witness to their union. Pastor Ssenyonga officially kicked off the ceremony in the scorching sun where the couples patiently waited in the shade of their umbrellas. It was a brief session after which he then led them into the church where they exchanged vows.

Mass Wedding at Christian Life Church on Valentine's Day

The mass wedding was sponsored by Movit who provided free salon services and bridal cars for the 800 couples.

“We have provided free salon services to all the couples who were wedded today and also the bridal cars that transported them to the function.” John Tumwesigye, the Movit Events and Promotion manager noted.

“We are very happy to be part of this function because we believe that together we can go further and this is also part of our corporate social responsibility. We pledge to continue such support to our customers and the communities at large.” He added.

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Singles for special Valentine’s Day treat at Pearl of Africa hotel

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Pearl of Africa Hotel

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Valentine’s Day is upon us! Celebrated annually on 14th February, the day evokes thoughts of romance for couples as they flaunt love for each other through romantic dinners and exchanging gifts.

With love in the air, the day generally brings a downcast feeling for singles. However, as couples rekindle their romance and create more memorable moments with their loved ones this year, Pearl of Africa hotel does not want the singles to feel left out.

The hotel is organising a special Valentine’s Day treat for the singles. Dubbed “Singles Mix and Mingle” party, it will be highlighted by a special performance from a surprise act and a blind date with lucky individuals hooking up.

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“We wanted everyone to be part of the lovers’ holiday,” Brian Jjuko, Head of Sales and Marketing at Pearl of Africa Hotel explained. “That is why we are giving singles a chance to be part of the valentines celebration this year. The event is free of charge and will take place at our Sunset sports bar.”

Meanwhile, the hotel is also organising an exquisite dinner for couples. Boasting of over two swimming pools, an advanced gym & spa with a panoramic view of the city form its elevated position on Nakasero Hill, the hotel offers a perfect setting for a romantic evening.

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NSSF to raise shs400m for Kampala public Schools in the 2018 Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run

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KAMPALA February 12, 2018:- The National Social Security Fund (NSSF), together with Kampala Capital City Authority and Kampala Hash House Harriers, have today launched the 2018 Edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run aimed at raising shs400 Million for the renovation of selected public schools in Kampala.

The run will be held on March 25, 2018 starting at Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya. It will cover a distance of 21km, traversing the historical seven hills of Kampala – Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.

Addressing media at the launch of the run at Mbuya Primary school, NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba said that this year’s proceeds from the run will go towards the renovation of selected public schools that include Mbuya Primary school and St Paul primary school Nsambya.

“We are proud to have raised more than shs190m in the previous runs, supporting 4 schools namely Nakivubo Settlement Primary school, St. Ponsiano primary school, Makerere University Primary school and Summit View Primary school. This year, we have challenged ourselves to raise more than double that amount for more schools to benefit from this cause. I therefore call upon corporate companies doing business in Kampala to join this cause to improve the learning conditions of the children in public schools in Kampala,” Byarugaba, said.

Kampala Capital City Authority has 79 Government grant aided primary schools with a total enrollment of close to 70,000 with an allocation of about shs500m per year. Due to the inadequate funding, most of the schools have dilapidated facilities and require refurbishment, amongst other challenges.

The KCCA Ag. Deputy Executive Director, Juliet Namuddu, said, “We plan to continue to improve the functionality of the schools’ infrastructure through renovation of existing facilities as well as construction of new facilities. It is through such partnerships with organizations like NSSF that we will achieve this”

The Kampala Hash House Harriers Master, Steven Luswata said that this year’s run will be bigger and better compared to the previous ones.

“We expect about 2000 runners to participate this year. The 7 seven hills challenge is no mean feat – I therefore advise participants to start preparing now by running three to five times a week so that their bodies can adjust gradually to the long hilly run on the d-day.”

Over 8 companies are already on board including Vision group, Monitor Publications, Pinnacle Security, Housing Finance Bank, Cementers limited, Galaxy fm, Bank of Uganda and Mukwano Industries.

NSSF has in the past years engaged in a number of social responsible projects like the recent countrywide blood donation drive which collected over 5000 units from staff, members of the Fund and the general public.

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