Kampala, Uganda | ISAAC KHISA | Over 20 companies have so far signed up for the NSSF Kampala Hash run that is aimed at raising Shs 400 million for the renovations of selected public schools in Kampala.
The money collected will go towards helping Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) renovate schools under its care in Kampala. KCCA has 79 Government grant aided primary schools with a total enrolment of close to 70,000 with an allocation of about shs500m per year.
Due to the inadequate funding, most of the schools have dilapidated facilities and require refurbishment, amongst other challenges and as such require funding to be renovated and made habitable for students.
The run will be held on March 25, 2018 starting at Pearl Africa Primary School, Nsambya. It will cover a distance of 21km, traversing the historical seven hills of Kampala – Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya.
The Kampala Seven Hills Run is a fun, non-competitive event that covers the historical 7 hills of Kampala, hence the 7 hills run moniker. Participants run a distance of 21km around the seven hills of Kampala. It is organised by the Kampala Hash House Harriers Club.
Mr Richard Byarugaba, the managing director NSSF while speaking at the launch said this is the 3rd edition of this fun non –competitive charity run and is held in partnership with the Kampala Hash House Harriers who will provide the technical support; and Kampala Capital City Authority who are the beneficiaries of the proceeds from the run.
Having had a good turns up at the previous runs we held in 2016 & 2017, the NSSF Kampala Hash Seven Hills Run has now captured thousands of hearts who not only enjoy the 7 hills challenge, but are also passionate about children and education.
“As NSSF, we are excited to organize this year’s edition because it is one of those calendar events that give Ugandans, corporate entities, our members and staff an opportunity to make a significant contribution in improving the learning conditions of disadvantaged children,” he said.
He says it is part of the Fund’s Corporate Social Responsibility agenda to support education of the underprivileged in our society.
The fund has raised a total of over shs190m in the previous runs that has supported 4 schools namely Nakivubo Settlement Primary schools. Ponsiano primary school, Makerere University Primary school and Summit View Primary school.
The companies have made several contributions towards the run and registered to take part in the run. These include Monitor Publications, Pinnacle Security, Housing Finance Bank, Cementers limited, Galaxy fm, Bank of Uganda and Mukwano Industries and Vision Group, Umeme, Citi bank, Red pepper, Radio Simba, Selas, Capital Markets Authority, Ipsos, Stanbic bank, UBRA, ICEA among others.