Thu 07 Dec 2017, 10:21
4000 children from over 20 schools in Kampala and Entebbe Districts converged for the DStv Kampala Kids run at the Uganda Museum on Sunday, 3 December 2017, painting the city blue. The marathon was for children
aged between 4 and 14 years aimed at running for a good cause; raising money for clean water in primary schools.
Patricia Kiconco, Head of Operations MultiChoice Uganda said: "This initiative seeks to provide clean and safe water to Ugandan children in primary schools in order to reach their full potential. These pupils are exposed to diseases like typhoid, bilharzia, dysentery and worst case scenario cholera in places where there is limited to no
health care facility. This affects their ability to reach their welfare and wellbeing. The DStv Kampala Kids’ Run is a testament to the pledge by you the event attendees for a better healthy young generation."
The marathon comprised of two races – 1.5 and 3 kilometres. The event was a fun filled affair that included Zumba Dance, sack race, Ninja warrior and a performance from Solomon Kyagulangi, the DStv Kids run ambassador.
Here's a sneak peek of how the event went:
1. Solomon Kyagulanyi, DStv Kids Run ambassador performs for the children at the DStv Kids run at the Uganda Museum
2. Solomon Kyagulanyi, (L) DStv Kids Run ambassador poses with children after returning from the run at Uganda Museum
3.Mascots at the DStv Kampala Kids Run energise the children before the run at the Uganda Museum
All runners regardless of their rank in the race were rewarded with certificates of participation while the top 10 won medals courtesy of DStv. Further to that DStv rewarded the winners for the 1.5 and 3 kms races with HD Explora decoders that will totally revolutionize their TV viewing experience.
Honorable Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi officiated the event and said: "Ugandan children are the most fragile members of society. It is important to fight against infectious diseases that affect them but most importantly implore preventative measures. Water supplies are limited, and drinking water is of notorious low quality in the remote areas. With such parent-children initiatives this will gradually change the situation for the better. I pray that this event continues to grow bigger and confirm that the government will come on board for forthcoming events."
DStv also unveiled their newest children’s offering for this festive season dubbed Animania, which will feature shows like Moana, Finding Dory, Minions etc.
Tickets for the run were UGX 20,000 (for a ticket, sticker and t-shirt). Some of the participating schools included Kabojja Junior, City Parents, Kampala Parents, SilverSpoon, Lohana, Entebbe Junior, and Greenhill.
The DStv Kids run is slated to be an annual event.