National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has announced the postponement of its annual charity run for fear of Coronavirus, considering the safety precautions put in place to curb down its spread.
Dubbed ‘NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hills’ Run, the activity has been called off to a yet to be revealed date following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which is spreading all over the World.
The highly anticipated Run was slated to take place on March 22, with 5000 individual runners and over 50 corporate companies expected to participate and contribute towards improving the learning environment of the underprivileged children that attend the government schools run under Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Announcing the postponement, Richard Byarugaba, Managing Director NSSF said since the event involves huge numbers from all walks of life; it is their top most priority to safeguard the participants and partners of the Run.
“We regret to announce the postponement of the 5th edition of the NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run, a charity event aimed at mobilizing funds for improving learning conditions in public schools. This was scheduled to take place on March 29, 2020.
It will now take place at a date to be announced in the near future. All Corporate and individual registrations remain valid and are free to participate at no cost,” said Byarugaba.
“The safety of our participants, partners, suppliers and staff is a top priority. The run is characterized by a mass gathering. The decision to postpone the Run is a precaution in view of the Coronavirus pandemic that has now spread to most of Uganda’s neighboring countries,” he added.
Byarugaba explained further thus, “We are indebted to our esteemed partners and individual participants who have contributed generously towards the success of this noble cause to improve learning conditions in public schools. You are the front Runners.”
NSSF is targeting to collect Shs 700m from the 5th edition of the Run which will go towards renovating 4 government schools including Munyonyo Primary School, St Paul Nsambya from Kampala and Adwari Primary School in Otuke District and Pioneer Primary School in Soroti.
Initiated way back in 2016 with a bid to refurbish and improve the standard of the City’s dilapidated school infrastructure, the project has seen NSSF renovating over six schools including St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School, Nakivubo Settlement Primary School and Makerere University primary school.
This year’s NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run will include a half marathon of 21kms and 10kms and will commence at Pearl of Africa Hotel.