MTN Uganda has today launched the 13th edition of the annual Kampala Marathon, with a mission to rally runners to raise funds for the implementation of improved sanitation facilities for pupils through the construction of environmentally friendly smart bio-toilet facilities in a number of selected public primary schools in the outskirts Kampala, in partnership with the KCCA.
The 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will follow the theme “Run for Kampala”; an extension of the campaign initiated last year and is expected to attract 20,000 participants. Together with partners Stanbic Bank, Huawei, New Vision, Rwenzori Mineral water, the MTN Kampala Marathon promises some big attractions this year with registration inquiries coming from as far as the Netherlands. In association with the Uganda Athletic Federation (UAF) and supported by the Uganda Police, this 13th edition of the internationally recognised MTN Kampala Marathon promises to be an exciting mix of fun and competitive running.
One of the activities in preparation for the Sunday 20th November 2016 event include a Kapchorwa – Kampala run relay that will feature runners from the athletics heartland of Uganda. With support from the New Vision and the other MTN marathon partners, a not-for- profit organization from Netherlands – From Coach to Coach has organized this fun relay; to raise awareness and support for the budding talent in Kapchorwa region of Uganda. This run will feature some of the big names in Ugandan athletics. Participants in the relay will be running the MTN Kampala Marathon.
Over the last 13 years, 170,000 entrants have participated in the MTN Kampala Marathon and have raised money in excess of Sh1.8 billion to help people in less privileged communities. Collections from previous events have been used in a number of projects; in the early years towards the provision of ‘Mama Bags’ to expectant mothers in the Internally Displaced People’s camps in Gulu and most recently to different water and sanitation projects around the country including Kotido, Karamoja, Amuria and Kiryandongo in Masindi.
Speaking at the launch of the 2016 edition of the decade old charity event, MTN CEO Wim Vanhelleputte urged the public to register and participate in what has grown to become Uganda’s biggest Marathon. “Your participation (the public) will go a long way in mobilising funds that are improving the wellbeing of children in the less privileged areas of our communities. Apart from improved sanitation, this project has the added benefits of environment friendly bio gas units that will be used in preparing meals for pupils and a rain water harvesting facilities that will improve access to clean water”, he stated.
“People run in the marathon for a number of reasons; to challenge themselves to fulfil a personal sense of achievement but also to contribute towards a worthy cause,” said Wim. “MTN and partners are proud to give the public the platform to express whatever reason they have through the run,” he concluded.
Commenting on Vision Group’s involvement with the MTN Kampala Marathon, Robert Kabushenga, the company Chief Executive noted that, “Vision Group, through our flagship brand New Vision, is proud to be a sponsor of the biggest sporting event of the year and this year we are pleased that once again a worthy cause has been selected. The fact that the money raised this year will be used to provide safe sanitation facilities in Kampala children allows us to be part of an initiative to give back to our community”.
Stanbic Bank is a key partner that has supported the Marathon since its inception. Commenting on Stanbic Bank’s involvement with the MTN Kampala Marathon, Patrick Mweheire, Chief Executive Stanbic Bank Uganda said, “We are extremely proud and excited to partner with MTN once again in what has become a world class event attracting fun runners and elite athletes from across the globe. We have consistently supported the MTN Kampala Marathon because we appreciate the positive impact that the funds raised from the event have on the lives of the chosen beneficiaries and extend communities. Our objective as Stanbic will be to help build on that success through our increased financial contribution and the participation of our staff where we contribute the largest number of runners from a single company”.
On his part, Stanley Chyn the Managing Director – Huawei Uganda said, “This is the fifth time Huawei is participating in this meaningful event as a main sponsor. Kampala is a very beautiful city, secure, clean, hospitable and full of good people. As Huawei Technologies, this has given a good and secure work environment to carry out our operations successfully. We shall continue to support efforts to improve access to sustainable sanitation for the urban poor school children in Kampala, and this year Huawei is yet again making a contribution of 250,000,000UGX towards this campaign arranged through the marathon.”
Registration for the 2016 MTN Kampala Marathon will commence on Monday 7th November at the new MTN headquarters (formerly BAT offices) along Jinja road. The public will access the registration points using the gate opposite Meat Packers. For convenience, the public can also register at Stanbic Bank – William Street Branch, the MTN service centres at Lugogo (Shoprite), Forest Mall, the MTN shop along Kampala Road, Kyaggwe Road and MTN service centre at Victoria Mall in Entebbe.
Interested members of the public can register for 25,000/- in cash or 23,000/- if they opt to use MTN Mobile Money.
The marathon kit among others includes a bib encased with a timing chip that will register each runner’s time. This makes the MTN Kampala Marathon the only professionally timed marathon in Uganda.
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Burson-Marsteller Africa appoints new Senior Counsel
Burson-Marsteller Africa, a leading strategic communications and public relations firm, has strengthened its financial and investor relations offering by engaging Nicholas Williams as a senior counsel. Williams brings more than 20 years of experience in investor relations both in the UK and South Africa, with particular expertise in capital markets.
Robyn de Villiers, Chair and Chief Executive of Burson-Marsteller Africa, said: “I am delighted that Nicholas has come on board as a member of our extended team. He brings a wealth of experience for companies looking to have the highest standing with their shareholders and other financial stakeholders. He will add important expertise in delivering integrated communications solutions for our clients across Africa.”
Williams has advised leading JSE Top 40 and mid-cap public companies in South Africa as well as internationally in all areas of capital markets PR. He was notably active in the communications of capital transactions including initial public offerings (IPO), fundraisings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and black empowerment. He advised on the largest ever IPO in South Africa as well as on many significant stock exchange introductions and M&A.
Before his tenure as Managing Partner at Instinctif Partners Africa (previously known as College Hill), a strategic corporate communications firm, which he established, Williams worked with Barclays Bank globally, including as head of private banking in sub-Saharan Africa and in corporate banking in Botswana. His background in finance has stood him in good stead to interact with companies in their boardrooms as well as with institutions, investment banks, sell-side analysts, financial journalists and other stakeholders who influence the reputation of business in the financial markets.
Williams will work with Burson-Marsteller partners in South Africa as well as other parts of the group where there is an African requirement, including other financial public relations firms owned by the group outside Africa.
Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism now open to Ugandan financial reporters
Sanlam Uganda has announced that Uganda will be participating in the Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism which aim to honour the indispensable role of the financial journalist in modern business life and the high standards required by this profession.
Speaking at the press launch, Donato Laboke the General Manager: Marketing & Brand Sanlam Uganda highlighted the exceptional work that business reporters have done since last year to date and how this is a great opportunity for not just showcasing their work but also getting recognised for it.
“You have been exemplary in informing the country about various businesses and also educating them about the insurance sector,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to not just be recognised locally, but globally.”
The awards are the premier financial journalism awards in South Africa and have become a prestigious and fiercely contested accolade. As such, they have become open to journalists outside of South Africa in line with Sanlam’s expansion on the continent.
In an ongoing effort to streamline the entry and judging process, there are no separate “platform neutral” and “platform specific” categories, rather one combined category that includes entries from all channels – print, TV, radio, online and multimedia – across businesses/companies, economy, financial markets, consumer financial education and the African Growth Story.
The best performers in each medium – print, TV, radio, online and multimedia across all five categories will be decided by the judges and announced on the awards evening as Financial Journalist of the Year – print, TV, radio, online and multimedia.
Each entry must include a minimum of three and maximum of five articles, reports, recordings or transcriptions that have been published or broadcast between 1 January to 31 December, 2017. Entries for the competition close on Friday, 2 March 2018.
The Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism have been recognising and rewarding exceptional business journalism since 1974.
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