Mountain Slayers Uganda (MSU), the famed hiking club is set to donate an assortment of mountain climbing gear to local guides in Kasese who help tourists hiking Mr Rwenzori.
The group of hikers says they decided to give back to these local guides for their selfless efforts.
Early this month, the group of 13 men and 13 ladies under MSU travelled to Kasese and embarked on the hike of the country’s tallest mountain which peaks at 5,109 meters.
At the summit, one of the climbers Anthony Natif took an iconic photo holding a Nile Special bottle, which was widely shared social media.
The photo soon captured the attention of the beer makers Nile Breweries Ltd who decided to donate Shs 3million to the group.
The money was handed out today to the group at the company offices on Portbell Road.
The MSU have since decided to use the money to support the local hiking guides in Kasese.
Commenting about the photo, Natif said “We aren’t shy about showing off brands we consider true representations of the Ugandan experience. Nile Special…happens to be the most popular beer in the club. We take pride in it. When Mountain Slayers Uganda organized a Rwenzori expedition, it was a perfect opportunity for us to showcase the brand against the backdrop of the highest peak of the most beautiful mountain not only in Uganda but in Africa.”
On her part, Ms. Amou Majok, the NBL head of Marketing Marketing said they were “humbled to see the Nile Special bottle at the peak of Mt. Rwenzori.”
“We got in touch with Mr. Anthony Natif after seeing the social media conversation his actions stirred. He humbly requested that we give a donation to the Mountain Slayers Uganda Club so that they can buy equipment for the Bakonjo mountain guides,” she said.
The MSU was formed in 2015 to promote hiking and outdoor lifestyle among Ugandans of all demographics.
The club started with six (6) founding members and has now grown to 80 (eighty) active members.
Every six weeks, a hike is organized and once a year a recognized mountain is climbed.
“Mountain climbing is a once in a lifetime experience; you forge lasting bonds amongst each other, being in the wild and having only each other to rely on for safety. With the activities performed we hope to inspire a whole generation to embrace the wild as their first choice of fun weekends and getaways,” says Mr. Paul Lumala, the President Mountain Slayers Uganda (MSU) said.