Andrew Bwiza Byabagambi, an Agency Development Manager at Prudential Uganda last month on 29th July represented Uganda at the biggest international cycling festival, the Prudential RideLondon that takes place every year in London.
Byabagambi, a first time cyclist was among the 27000 riders that managed to complete the entire 170kms race out of the 100,000 that participated.
According to Byabagambi the experience not only changed his life style but also changed his perspective about life.
“Before going, I went through serious training in Uganda for about 3 months. This seriously changed my life. I had to eat healthy foods and had a routine exercise to be fit and able to participate successfully in the challenge. Eating healthy and exercising is now part of my life and it’s a good feeling” Byabagambi said.
As part of the competition, Byabagambi says he had to participate in charity activities here in Uganda which saw him raise about Ush 30million with help from Prudential Uganda employees, agents and friends and will soon hand over this money to Kisakye Children’s Empowerment and Rehabilitation organisation that takes care of about 200 families with disabled children in Kayunga district.
“Being amidst those disadvantaged children made me realise that there is do much we can do to change this world and make it a better place” he said
About his experience in London, Byabagambi said it was challenging to ride for almost 9 hours in the wet conditions to finish the race.
“I lost 3kgs in one day. I almost decided never to participate again but now that I am healed, I would do it over and over again. It is something that I am going to be proud of for the rest of my life” he said
According to Arjun Mallik, the CEO Prudential Uganda, the 2018 edition of the Prudential RideLondon was a very big success that saw colleagues from Prudential Business across the world join professional cyclists, celebrities, families and first time cyclists cycle the 100 miles route from London to Surrey in July.
“We are proud to have Andrew Bwiza represent Prudential Uganda at the world’s biggest cycling event. This is the second time running that Prudential Uganda has successfully participated in that event” Mallik said.
The aim of Prudential RideLondon he says is to give more people opportunities to get out on their bikes, get more active and make cycling a part of their daily routine in order to live a healthier life style.
“Prudential Ride London also aims at raising money for charity organisations worldwide. Since its inception in 2013, we have raised over USD 64m for various charity organisation. This year, Andrew will donate Ush 30m to an organisation that takes care of about 200 needy families and houses over 70 children,” he added