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Kadaga launches Twegaite Run to boost tourism, fight cancer

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Uganda Parliament Speaker Kadaga talks to the press on Thursday. PHOTO @josephajabo

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has launched the  2nd Twegaite  Source of the Nile Run to help raise cancer awareness, buy school books and boost tourism in the Busoga region. The Twegaite Association initiative is being organised in conjunction with the Uganda Tourism Board.

In partnership with Uganda Tourism Board, the run in Jinja aims at increasing cancer awareness and promoting  Busoga tourists attractions. Kadaga addressed journalists today at Uganda Media Center.  She was flanked by MP Jinja West, Grace Balyeku hosting the function.

“Twegaite means ‘Let us Unite’ in Busoga,” Kadaga told the press today. She said funds raised in the run will help secure sh 20million for a hospice and also raise educational standards.

“I started an initiative to provide an revision exercise books to children in six districts. I hope to raise more funds for six other districts in Busoga  hopefully from the run.”

 

 

This is the second edition of an event that involves people living in diaspora and in Uganda. Adults and children will pay sh15,000 and 10,000 for the run.

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The first run was launched in May 2015 along River Mississippi in Minnesota and 35 tourist attractions have been launched gradually in Busoga and another will be revealed for this edition.

Uganda Tourism Board CEO Steven Asiimwe said, “The Nile run is one of our signature projects hence we have joined hands with the private sector both internationally and domestically to embrace the number of tourists expected at Busoga. We coordinated with a beehive of restaurants, hotels, entertainers to provide services as a way of developing the product. Also 20 schools have been invited to come.

At the beginning of the week before the run, UTB has offered a mini zoo at Jinja Rugby Club from Uganda Wildlife Center; children will appreciate and share what they have been taught, Source of the Nile Run will happen on 23rd July which will be concluded with a reunion for all the Basoga people.

The source of the River Nile is in Jinja.

 

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