Airtel Uganda, in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom, has launched the 2019 edition of the annual Airtel Kabaka run at the Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo.
The 2019 Kabaka Run will be held on April 7, 2019.
Speaking at the launch of the Run, Airtel Uganda Managing Director V.G. Somasekhar applauded Buganda Kingdom for the unique opportunity and called upon Ugandans to, as always, join in the noble cause to alleviate the Sickle Cell disease through participating in the Run.
“In line with our three-year theme, we intend to continue driving awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease. Last year, we donated over 140,000 sickle cell testing kits to Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, procured from the proceeds of this prestigious run,” he said.
The proceedings from the Kabaka run will used to support increasing public awareness about Sickle Cell disease and procure medical kits used in testing of the diseases in the country.
The Katikkiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga thanked Airtel Uganda for taking a keen interest in the development of Ugandan communities.
“With poor health, there is not much that one can do. We are working tirelessly with committed partners such as Airtel Uganda and other partners to ensure that we improve persistent and yet avoidable health problems, then we can focus on other community development issues,” he noted.
The Kabaka run – an annual event celebrated to mark the King’s birthday – is part of a partnership that the telecommunications company has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor.
The telecom sponsors four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri. Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.
Participants will be flagged off in LubiriMengo by His Majesty the Kabaka for the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes.
BY SAMUEL NABWIISO