Annual Kids of Africa ‘Run for Fun’ date announced

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The 6th Annual Kids of Africa ‘Run for Fu’n date has been announced. The Run for Fun 2016 is set to take place on Sunday 16th October 2016 in Entebbe. This was announced at a Press Conference held at Sheraton Kampala Hotel yesterday.

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Tage Budolfsen, Director Kids of Africa said the run is meant to raise funds for the provision of safe drinking water through construction of boreholes to the community in Bwerenga, Entebbe and to celebrate their 11th anniversary. Kids of Africa is organising the 6th edition of the ‘Run for Fun’ on Sunday 16th October 2016. The growth of the event has been most encouraging with inaugural run in 2011 had over 300 runners of all ages, in 2012 there were over 500 runners, and by 2015 they had 923 participants. This year they are targeting 1000 plus participants.

The starting point will again be from Kids of Africa located in Bwerenga (Wakiso District).

Coming from Kampala, take the Entebbe Road to Kawuku (25km) at Kawuku (Sign post says Kids of Africa at Boda Boda stage), take a left turn then continue on the murram road to Kids of Africa (4km). Along the murram road you will come to “Y” junction after 3km. Continue to the left, past the football pitch on the right, down and up a hill (Lake Victoria on the right). As you go up the hill, you will pass new houses on the left. Take a right turn at the Kids of Africa sign post. The car park can be seen and the village entrance is 100m from this point.

Last year, the Run for Fun raised approximately 80 UGX which was used to complete the modern dental clinic at Kids of Africa.

This year’s objective is to raise 100m UGX which will be used to construct 4 boreholes to cater for water needs of the local community.

There will be  5km, 10km and 21km races, with the following age categories: Under 12 years old ( 5km only), 13-17, 18-49, 50+.

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Participants should meet at 6:30am to collect their event T-Shirts and race numbers. The 21km will start at 7:30 sharp, the 10km race at 7:55, and the 5km at 8:15am. The courses are set in Wakiso District, between Kampala and Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. In addition to being challenging, the routes take runners through local countryside, villages, and have picturesque views over Lake Victoria.

The first three male and female finishers spin each race and age category with receive medals and a cash prize.

The registration fee is UGX 20,000 per individual and participants can register at Game Store, Lugogo Mall Friday -Sunday 10am -6pm, Shop 47, Grand Imperial Hotel Shopping Mall, Monday – Saturday 10am -6pm, Endiro Coffee located in Kisementi and Nakumatt Entebbe, Friday -Sunday 10am -6pm from 1st October.

Late registration is possible at the venue on the event day, but at a higher fee of UGX 30,000. However, please note, there is no guarantee of getting an event T-Shirt, or finishing position and time if you register on event day.

As previously, the races are being organised by Activate Uganda Ltd, the country’s leading professional sports event and timing management company.

Kids of Africa, a Swiss initiative, is a children’s home operating in Uganda. It takes care of 100 abandoned children in ten family homes, each headed by a foster mother. The children represent the next generation of Ugandan society and it is hoped they will contribute to the futures of similarly disadvantaged youngsters in years to come.

“We are privileged to be on board again, we are excited to be part and parcel of this initiative and we will always be there for the children. Let us support the children, they are the future. I call upon all to participate,” Jacqueline Nalubega, PR Sheraton Kampala Hotel said.

“Guaranty Trust Bank is happy to be part of this run and the cause. It is important to support the young generation because they are the future of this nation. As GTBank we are proud to be part of this event and we promise our best,” Irenosen Ohiwerei, Executive Director GTBank said.

“Kampala Cement we are happy to support this event. This is our first time as sponsors and we wish everyone all the best and call upon people to turn up in big numbers. Kampala Cement we are here to make for you the best cement. Build with confidence,” Kapil Kumar, Sales Manager Kampala Cement said.

“As the main sponsor, Roko we are proud to be part and parcel of this run. You will have our support as always. We hope to raise Shs 100m to build 4 boreholes or more. We thank those that have joined us, we ask them to continue the support. Roko will always support such i initiatives,” Diana Nyakato, Manager Human Resource Roko Construction said.

Roko Construction Ltd is the main sponsor alongside Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Orient Bank, Yako Micro Finance, IHK Hospital, Spedag Interfright, Vasarn Electric Co.Ltd, Kampala Cement, GTBank, IMC and PingEVents.ch.

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