By Our Reporter
Buganda Kingdom has provided updates on the ongoing preparations of the upcoming Kabaka Birthday Run (KBR) that is slated for the 5th April 2020.
The press event held at Bulange on Wednesday, that preceded a physical fitness session, saw the KBR 2020 kit officially unveiled alongside an announcement of the 5km route that remained unchanged, a new route for the 10km race and some minor changes to the 21km route.
For the next three years, the Kabaka’s Birthday Run will be championed under the cause; ‘Men against AIDS to save the girl child’, which is aimed at driving awareness about HIV/AIDS and encouraging men to get tested, get treated and ultimately protect women against infection.
“Our vision is to re-position the kingdom at its rightful place, at the summit of social and economic development with people enjoying their rights and freedoms; but we cannot achieve that unless we are in good health,” The Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga noted.
Meanwhile, in December 2019, dfcu Bank signed a three-year partnership valued at over UGX, 500,000,000 with the Buganda Kingdom, making it the official Bank sponsor for the annual Kabaka Birthday Run.
According to dfcu Bank’s CEO, Mathias Katamba dfcu’s partnership with the Buganda Kingdom is geared towards driving a sustained understanding that testing for HIV is an essential gateway to HIV prevention, care and treatment.
“As we prepare for this year’s run it’s important for all of us to realise that we will be running for a great cause – a cause that transcends tribe, cultural beliefs, religious or political affiliations, social classes and any other differences we may have as Ugandans.” Katamba added.
Mayiga commended dfcu Bank for its continued support of the Kingdom’s initiatives adding that the kingdom is looking forward to an even bigger event this year targeting 60,000 runners up from 50,000 in 2019.
Tickets for 2020 Kabaka Birthday Run and kits priced at UGX 15,000.
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