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Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run 2019 edition launched, marathon opened to the public

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Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run launched

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The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has launched its annual charity Marathon dubbed the NSSF Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run which for the first time will be open to the wider public. Previously, the run was only open to corporate companies that supported the cause by registering their employees as a team to participate in the run.

While addressing the Journalists at Lugogo MTN Arena, NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba revealed that this year’s run has also expanded to benefit four upcountry schools on top of the KCCA public schools in Kampala. “We realised that there are so many dilapidated schools in rural areas that are in dire need of help and as a Fund we decided to expand the initiative and include upcountry schools so that they can study from a conducive environment.”

The individual participation cost is 25,000 per person while companies will participate according to the different packages that include Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

“This year, we have given ourselves an ambitious target of raising over 500 million to go towards schools here in Kampala and upcountry and are tasking ourselves, our partners and the general public to come together to support this important cause,” Byarugaba said, adding that a conducive learning environment is important to the education of children.

Every year for the past three years, NSSF has held the exciting and challenging Seven Hills Hash Run in partnership with the Kampala Hash House to raise money for KCCA schools in Kampala. So far, over 300 million has been collected and handed over to the management of KCCA and over six schools have benefitted from this charitable cause.

The Kampala Hash House Harriers Master, Mr. George Mbiko applauded NSSF for reaching out to needy schools in society and said that he is proud of the impact that the NSSF Seven Hills Run has had on the communities in which these schools are and has pledged to continue commitment to working with NSSF to see that the run grows bigger and attracts more participants every year in order to help refurbish more dilapidated schools across the country.

The Seven Hills Run will this year be held on March 17th 2019, giving participants one month and a half to reach fitness peak in order to be able to tackle the treacherous route. “We are hoping that participants in this year’s run take ample time to get in the best shape in order to conquer all the 7 hills without any injuries.”

The Acting KCCA Executive Director Eng. Andrew Kitaka commended NSSF for working with the authority to improve the quality of infrastructure for education, affirming that all the Funds will be put to the right cause to ensure that pupils have conducive structures to foster a good learning environment. “Last month, NSSF handed over to us UGX 93 million and this will go towards refurbishing classroom blocks at Mbuya and St. Paul Nsambya primary schools, a process that has already started. We have received over UGX300M over the last 3 years now and I am happy to hear that they are extending this support to benefit other districts as well because the plight of school infrastructure extends beyond our beautiful city,” he said.

Some of the companies that have already signed up to support this year’s run include; Stanbic Bank, Vision Group, Mukwano Industries, Umeme, Housing Finance, Daily Monitor, Red Pepper Publications, Galaxy FM, Orient Bank among others.

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UTB partners with FUFA to promote sports tourism

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UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs the MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova signs MoU with FUFA to promote sports tourism.

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Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has entered into a Ugx200m sponsorship agreement and partnership with the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) as the official tourism partner.

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The two institutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding; which will see both parties work hand in hand to promote brand “destination Uganda” at both the domestic and international scene.

The partnership gives UTB rights to brand Destination Uganda at local and international games in which the Uganda Cranes are participating as well as work with the players in destination marketing campaigns.

Speaking at the press conference, UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova said: “The Uganda Tourism Board is prioritizing the building of positive destination brand equity and brand value through creating high level brand awareness partnerships such as the one witnessed here today with FUFA.”

Football is the world’s greatest sport and viewed by billions of fans across the world. In Uganda, the Uganda Cranes is the greatest football brand- but more importantly the leading sporting ambassadors to the region and the world.

Ajarova noted, “We are most excited about how we can best brand our national team internationally and also use the FUFA DRUM to create awareness of Uganda’s tourist attractions as the games traverse the whole country. We believe this is an incredible opportunity to connect with local communities and football fans across the country and will enable us to reach out to more tourists both locally and internationally.”

FUFA 1st Vice President, Justus Mugisha in his remarks said that, “We are using the power of sports to position Uganda on a global scene. This initiative by FUFA and UTB will showcase how football can be used to promote destination Uganda. We are proud to be in partnership and we hope to continue building our nation through sports and tourism.”

He added, this is a big opportunity for us to not only support football but also enrich Ugandans with the knowledge about their own country.

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Uganda ladies crowned champions at the Africa 5s tournament

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Team Uganda emerged the best at the inaugural edition of the ladies’ Africa Fives Soccer Championships played at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es-Salaam, Tanzania over the weekend.

The team sponsored by Nile Special comprising of players like Vanessa Karungi, Brenda Nabisaalu, Wilmer Nantumbwe, Sarah Namulindwa, Memory Nampijja and Brenda Makanga, defeated the Tanzania Invitational side 1-0 in the final played on Saturday afternoon.

Captain Nampijja scored the winner-takes-it-all strike in the ninth minute of the 12-minute first half.

With a large number of Tanzanian fans cheering, Uganda held on in the second half with goalkeeper Karungi pulling off a couple of saves to guide Uganda to victory.

“We are happy to bring this trophy home,” said winning captain Nampijja after receiving the trophy from tournament ambassador Samuel Eto’o. The team will travel with former Cameroonian forward Eto’o to FC Barcelona’s home -Camp Nou.

Speaking about the women’s side triumph, Nile Special brand manager Francis Nyende was ecstatic and visibly in shock at the result.

“This Uganda’s inaugural participation in this tournament, and we have won the trophy! This is unbelievable. Kudos to the girls who have given it their everything. As a brand heavily involved in sports, we hope this victory will inspire more ladies to play this game,” said Nyende.

The team had beaten pre-tournament favourites South Africa 2-1 via a shootout where Karungi saved two penalties following a goalless draw.

In the quarterfinals, Uganda comfortably beat Ghana 3-0 with Nantumbwe striking twice. Uganda had beaten Zimbabwe 2-1, had a 1-1 draw with Tanzania A before losing to Swaziland 1-0 in Group A on Friday.

In the men’s category, Uganda was unlucky to be ejected after conceding a goal. Represented by Facebook FC franchise, which won the Nile Special 5-A-Side competition finals, Uganda beat Swaziland 5-0, Zimbabwe 1-0 and Tanzania 1-0 to top Group A on Friday but on Saturday, they lost to Group B bottom team Zambia 2-1 via penalties following a 0-0 stalemate.

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Excitement as Pepsi hosts champions league finale watch party

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Win like a baller promotion

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Football lovers and enthusiasts were treated to a fun evening as Pepsi Uganda hosted the UEFA Champions league finale watch party on Saturday.

Held at The Square in Industrial Area, Liverpool supporters were the most joyous as their team defeated Tottenham Hot Spurs 2-0 to win this season’s UEFA Champions League.

The viewing party featured several fun activities including a quiz in which winners were rewarded different prizes like balls, jerseys and cash.

The event was held to mark the climax of Pepsi Uganda’s “Win like a baller” promotion. The promotion which was launched in early February presented a platform for soccer fans and lovers to win up to Ugx 15 million weekly in a TV draw and instant cash and airtime daily. Over Ugx 400 million was given out during the duration of the campaign.

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