By Our Reporter
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.
Thousands grace the Kabaka Run
By Our Reporter
On Sunday, thousands of people gathered at the Buganda Royal Palace in Mengo to participate in the 2019 Airtel Kabaka Run. The eager runners patiently awaited the flag off by the Kabaka of Buganda Ssabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II and at a few minutes past 7am, set off for the 5, 10 and 21 kilometers races that comprised the marathon.
Top Kingdom officials including the Royal Family, the Prime Minister of Buganda, Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, local politicians, musicians and sponsors, attended the event.
Speaking at the run, the Kabaka of Buganda encouraged Ugandans to test for the Sickle Cells Disease and know their status which will help to curb the number of deaths associated to the disease.
Sponsored by Airtel Uganda in a partnership deal to sponsor four of the main Buganda Kingdom activities, the 2019 Kabaka Run registered a record-breaking attendance, estimated at over 55,000 runners and well-wishers who included the elderly, children and the disabled.
Also at the run was a tent pitched specifically for on-ground sickle cells testing which received and tested dozens of individuals.
“We felt it necessary to utilize the prestigious run to test the participants and their families and we are happy that they heeded to our call and came to get tested. Eliminating sickle cells starts with testing and knowing your condition,” Ms. Sumin Namaganda, the Airtel Uganda Public Relations Manager noted.
Last year, Airtel handed over UGX200, 000,000 for Sickle Cells Advocacy from the Kabaka Run and Namaganda is optimistic that this year, a lot more will be realized and many more lives impacted.
KCCA FC partners with MTN to give fans new payment option
By Our Reporter
MTN Uganda has entered into a partnership with Kampala Capital City Authority Football Club (KCCA FC) to use MoMoPay as a medium of purchase for match tickets, club merchandise and services.
KCCA FC fans and the general public can now pay for club merchandise and services at no extra cost, using MoMoPay. MTN recently launched MoMoPay, a cashless payment system whereby customers can pay for their goods and services at a MoMoPay agent, directly from their mobile money accounts.
Part of MTN’s partnership with KCCA FC is premised on the launch and promotion of MoMoPay as a medium through which fans can purchase tickets in advance to the club’s matches in the comfort of their various locations.
Speaking at partnership launch at the KCCA grounds in Kampala, Val Okecho the Corporate Communications Manager, MTN Uganda said that in addition to tickets, club fans and the general public can pay for KCCA FC services, goods and merchandise such as T-shirts and caps among others, using MoMoPay.
“More people today are embracing cashless payments. We are committed to simplifying financial transactions by enabling people to transact from wherever they are, at their convenience. And that is what MoMo Pay is all about,” said Okecho.
Okecho also noted that apart from having no service charge, MoMo Pay saves time as people can make payments at the touch of a button from their mobile phones.
Aggrey Ashaba, KCCA FC Club Chairman, welcomed the initiative: “MoMo pay will make it easy for our club fans and the general public to buy match tickets at their convenience. In MTN Uganda we have a reliable, innovative and technology driven partner for our football club,” Kitaka said.
Anisha Muhoozi, the KCCA FC CEO noted that MoMoPay was going to ease financial transactions at the club.
“Most of our fans have been using cash to purchase their tickets. But now MoMoPay is going to make it a lot easier since the transaction is completely free and they are not limited to the cash in their pockets,” Anisha said.
“We are pursuing our strategy to be a modern, technology driven club and this move will help us achieve this ultimate dream,” continued Anisha.
Uganda Tourism Board to boost tourism through the Uganda Golf Open Tour
By Our Reporter
In efforts to promote golf tourism as part of Uganda Tourism Board’s initiative to market tourism products and services in the country, Uganda Tourism Board entered into a partnership with the Uganda Golf Union (UGU) ahead of the Uganda Golf Open Championships set for later this year.
The partnership will see both Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Golf Union work to position Uganda as Africa’s premier golf tourism destination despite the external perceptions related to participation in the sport.
With more than 1000 people attached to different clubs across the nation, the Uganda Golf Open Tour will traverse the whole country and with this launch, this sets the highlight for the different routes that will be taken.
Claire Mugabi Marketing Manager Uganda Tourism Board in her remarks shared that the Uganda Golf Open Tours will not only ensure that tourists visiting the country enjoy the sport and the country’s golf turfs but also get to explore and experience the county’s different touristic destinations in the areas where the different highlighted golf clubs are found around the country.
“As one of the trends for the last decade around the world, growing investments in golf is for us an effort to increase the number of foreign visitors and enhance tourism revenue earned through this channel. Our promise to the union is single; we promise to support and encourage the golfers as they continue to promote destination Uganda, the pearl of Africa.”
Golf tourism brings in valuable revenue for host towns through the tourism value chain i.e. tour companies, hotel and accommodation service providers, restaurants and transport all get to benefit from the beautiful sport.
“While Mbale is going be our first stop on the 6th of April, the golfers and lovers of golf will have the opportunity to explore the beauty of this town. The Uganda Golf Open Tours are set to canvas nine different courses across Uganda for over six months and this will act as the tournament precursor for players. More importantly this will help revive upcountry golf venues.” Innocent Kihika president of the Uganda Golf Union.
“Golf is an experience. When one goes out of Kampala to play golf, you have to travel a day before. And then there is where to sleep, eat, then play, then eat, sleep and lounge. There is a lot beyond the course and here is why Uganda Tourism Board comes in.”
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