KAMPALA – In September this year, Ruparelia Group Managing Director, Rajiv Ruparelia intimated to Africa Tembelea that the royal ascot goat races event was not only about fun but also a way of giving back to the needy under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
True to his word, with proceeds from the Royal Ascot Goat races that took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo on Saturday October 12, 2019, the Ruparelia Foundation, a charity arm of Ruparelia Group has today Friday, December 6, 2019 started constructing a sanitation facility at Good Samaritan Primary School in Kamwokya, a city suburb.
Rajiv Ruparelia, in company of his wife Naiya, his mother Jyotsna, Sheena and Jay Sakaria as well as the Ghetto Research Lab, launched the Eco Brick Project.
While launching the project, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia stressed the importance of good sanitation not just to Good Samaritan Primary School but to the entire country.
“We can’t defeat any of the infectious diseases that plague our country until we have also won the battle for sanitation, and basic health care. Cleanliness and good sanitation in schools is a matter of high importance,” Rajiv said.
Construction of these eco toilets will be undertaken by the ghetto research lab, an environment organization that is based in the slum area of kamwokya. The ghetto research lab makes bricks, pavers and other construction materials from polythene bags and plastics.
– Kamwokya –
Kamwokya has lately been in the news because of its most prominent ‘son’, the People Power Founder, Robert Kyagulanyi better known as Bobi Wine, who has done much to highlight the plight of people living in slums.
The self-styled ghetto president, is quoted one time to have told the political elite, “if the parliament doesn’t go to the ghetto, the ghetto will be brought to parliament,” and true to his word, now even the Ugandan president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has had to appoint Mark Bugembe, aka Bucha Man, his special envoy to the ghetto in an effort to galvanise support in Kampala slums.
–Royal Ascot Goat Races–
The Royal Ascot Goat Race in Kampala, began in 1993. When Entebbe Sailing Club considered fund-raising ideas, they adopted the idea of a goat race which started out on the grounds of the Kampala Rugby Club with 400 people in attendance. By 1998, it outgrew this facility and was moved to Speke Resort Munyonyo, in 1999.
Along with size, the goat race also grew in scale. It quickly evolved into a whole day event modelled on the Royal Ascot horse races in Ascot England.
The Royal Ascot Goat Races with support from sponsors like the Ruparelia Foundation, Gold Star Insurance Company, NTV Uganda, Sanyu FM, Tusker Malt beer, Robbialac brand of Crown Berger Uganda Ltd and Silk events continues to give back to the community, a gesture that is very timely appreciated. In 2018, proceeds from the ascot goat race funded Totos Tag Rugby and outreach programme which supported more than 250 children to train at the Kyadondo Rugby Club.