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Professional athletes to take part in Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run

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David GOMBE

Absa Bank Uganda and the Kampala Hash House Harriers have provided further information about the Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run slated for Sunday, March 17 2024. This year’s race will kick off at Kololo Independence Grounds circling the seven iconic hills of Kampala.

Inclusion of professional athletes who stand a chance to win a 50*100ft plot of land.
The event will continue under the theme ‘Run her Race’ whose proceeds will go towards girl child-focused initiatives.

“Following a highly successful first edition in 2023, we are optimistic for an even better run this year whose proceeds will go towards social good, Keeping the Girl Child in School. This is in addition to bringing us together to promote health and wellness through physical activity,” said Mumba Kalifungwa, Managing Director, Absa Bank Uganda.

This year’s run will also attract Uganda’s professional long distance athletes who stand a chance to win a 50*100ft plot of land.

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Speaking about the event, Wilberforce Kyambadde, the KH3 Hash Master said, ”The Absa KH3-7 Hills Run aligns perfectly with the primary objective of Kampala Hash House Harriers, promoting physical fitness among its members. Anticipation for the event is high and this year, we hope to see increased participation, which will support the club’s social corporate responsibility towards a meaningful cause. Additionally, by incorporating an element of the Chief Executive Officer’s special route, the event will serve as a valuable networking opportunity, facilitating connections with various members of society.”

The run includes a 5km and a 21km long distance race and has so far received support from Kampala Pharmaceuticals Industries, Kakira Sugar Limited, UAP Old Mutual, Crown Beverages, Case Medical Services, DHL Express, Bakaima Real Estate Agents, Hostalite Ltd, New Vision, Next Media Services and Fenon Premium Events.

“We appreciate our partners for contributing both monetary and non-financial resources. Their expression of interest is testament to the credibility of this run as well as their belief in the social cause tied to it,” Mumba said.

Absa Managing Director Mumba Kalifungwa

Participation from both individuals and organisations is welcome with registration via two options; either as an individual or a corporate team for a nominal fee. Corporate team registrations range from UGX1.5m, UGX3M and UGX5M, depending on the size of the team. Individual registration costs only UGX 30,000 for an ordinary kit and UGX35,000 for a timed one. Payments can be made at any Absa branch of convenience or via AirtelMoney (Pay Code – 4365164) or (MTN MoMo Pay Code – 590860).

The first edition which attracted over 2,500 runners, both individuals and corporate entities, raised a total of UGX200 million in proceeds which were dedicated towards tackling girl child related societal challenges namely reintegrating teenage mothers in school, skills training and improving menstrual hygiene management to manage school absenteeism and dropout rates among girls.

Speaking at the press briefing, the bank provided accountability for the funds collected in 2023 noting that they had been put to good use benefiting a total of 2,750 girls, with the support of various partners like World Vision, TERRWODE, Wakisa Ministries, IYAWE and Mukono High School.

18 teenage mothers received financial support to return to school to pursue higher education within both formal and tertiary institutions.

An additional 138 teen mothers were skilled in culinary arts, baking, tailoring, knitting, making of liquid soap, and design skills in collaboration with Makerere University Department of Adult and Community Development. The products they make would in turn enable them to support their babies.

Under the initiative to improve menstrual hygiene management among schoolgirls, 1,350 girls at Mukono High School received reusable sanitary pads to enable them to stay in school. Additionally, 1,262 girls at Awac Primary School in the Karamoja region received funding that was used to construct a borehole and changing room for girls on the school premises.

The proceeds from the funds collected in this year’s edition will go towards efforts to keep the girl child in school through a two-pronged approach; providing school fees support to girls from underprivileged homes and strengthening menstrual hygiene managements.

Despite high levels of enrolment, recent data shows that only 53% of Ugandan girls aged 6-12 complete the required seven years of primary education, and merely 22.5% of the female Ugandan population enrol in secondary education. This can be attributed to a number of obstacles that girls in our community face, including poverty, cultural barriers, early marriages, unwanted pregnancy, and difficulty managing menstrual hygiene.

“Absa recently announced a refreshed brand promise, Your Story Matters, which is rooted in our belief that every individual and business deserves and has the potential to build a better tomorrow, and that banking should be centered around the needs of the people, business and communities. The Absa KH3-7 Hills Run is a testament to this promise. We believe that education is a right that every child should access, regardless of gender. Every child’s story matters.” Kalifungwa added

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