The 5th edition of the NSS Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run scheduled for March 22nd seeks to raise UGX 700 Million to go towards renovating KCCA public schools. The run was launched yesterday at a press briefing held at Mbuya Church of Uganda Primary School.
While announcing the return of the return for the 2020 edition at the school which is one of the beneficiaries, Mr Richard Byarugaba the NSSF Managing Director told journalists that the fund is responding to the challenge set every year to contribute to the well-being of the underprivileged communities.
“Most of the underprivileged children in Kampala attend these KCCA public schools so it is befitting that our intervention in Education goes towards improvement of learning conditions in these schools. There is no greater impact you can make on a child or community than through education” He said.
He also added that in addition to KCCA public schools, proceeds from the Run will also benefit 2 other schools in Eastern and Northern Uganda.
KCCA Executive Director Eng. Andrew Kitaka who was represented at the presser said that partnerships with institutions such as NSSF have gone along in supplementing Government efforts to improve learning conditions in schools.
“When we started this partnership with NSSF, Our target was to replace all asbestos roofs in Kampala public primary schools. We are glad that we are almost at the tail end of this endeavor. However, we also realized that some structures are in a very bad shape. That is why we propose to use some of the proceeds to renovate such structures”. He said
Byarugaba pledged 5million for the children’s choir at Mbuya Primary School after they impressed him with a welcome performance for the guests.
He also encouraged and called upon individual runners to sign up in large numbers to participate in the run, not only because it is for a noble cause but also an exciting and challenging race that runners will enjoy.
“We need to have over 5000 individual runners and participation from over 50 corporate companies if we are to realize our ambitious target this year. Corporate and group participation attracts very competitive packages while individual runners can register at only UGX 25,000” He added
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The NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hill Run will commence at Pearl of Africa, Primary School in Nsmbya. The route traverses the original hills of Kampala namely, Nsambya Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga and Lubiri and will cover a distance of 21 KM
There was also a suggestion for the organisers to include a shorter run of 10km for some corporate runners which according to Byarugaba, will be added.
The run which was originally organized by Kampala Hash House Harriers has become a big took for raising funds through the charity run. Its current Hash Master Mr Moses Serwanga invited everyone to take part in the run and “after that, have a good drink preferably beer”
So far, 6 schools have benefited from the past editions. These include among others; Nakivubo Settlement, Makerere University and St. Ponsiano Kyamula. Works are also scheduled to begin at Mbuya Primary school, St. Paul Nsambya and Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped.
Some of the corporate companies that have signed up as partners for the run include; Multichoice Uganda, Nation Media Group, Capital Markets Authority, Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda, Cementers, Galaxy FM, Simba FM, Saracen Security, Equity Bank, Umeme Limited, Kakira Sugar Limited and Vision Group.