Over 25 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.
Mr Patrick Ayota, the deputy managing Director NSSF speaking during a cheque handover ceremony held on Friday at Workers House, said, “In 2015, we established a partnership with the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) to raise funds for refurbishment of public schools under KCCA management. It is part of our corporate social responsibility.
He said this objective was realised by organizing a Charity Run – the “NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run”, in conjunction with Kampala Hash House Harriers.
“This year, the 3rd edition of the Run takes place on March 25, 2018 starting at Pearl of Africa Primary School, Nsambya. It will cover a distance of 21km around the historical seven hills of Kampala, namely Nakasero, Kibuli, Old Kampala, Namirembe, Rubaga, Lubiri and Nsambya,” Mr Ayota said.
Adding that “So far, we have had good response from our partners – 25 companies have confirmed participation.”
Mr Ayota said they expect over 1,500 participants to take part in the run. A number of them have already confirmed their participation. These companies include Stanbic Bank, Insurance Company of East Africa, URBRA, The Red Pepper Publications, Umeme and Clarkson.
These join a list of other companies that had already confirmed participation and they include; Radio Simba, Vision Group, Daily Monitor, ICEA Group, Pinnacle Security, Galaxy FM, Barclays Bank, Housing Finance Bank, Citibank, Mukwano Industries, Cementers, First & Furious group, Centenary Bank, Capital Markets Authority, IPSOS.
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.