KAMPALA – The fifth edition of Uganda Wildlife Marathon was held on Sunday, February 23, 2020 starting from the Uganda Museum.
While flagging off the marathon, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah noted that the charity run was not just about raising awareness but also to mobilise resources for tourism and conservation.
“We are running to mobilise funders for three things; and these are wildlife, conservation and tourism,” Oulanyah said.
From the look at the starting point, many came to run for the protection of wildlife, however, there was also a benefit to the health of those who run either 5kms or 10kms. Some children accompanied by their parents also attended the aerobics prior to the run.
After the marathon, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, told the enthusiastic crowd that proceeds from the 5kms, 10kms, 21kms and 42kms run will go into educating children of fallen rangers. This he said was a way of appreciating the work done by the gallant men and women who lost their lives in an attempt to save wildlife.
He noted that Uganda’s flora and fauna was one of the best in the world and that there was need to protect it.
“As Parliament, we will continue to strengthen polices and provide any other necessary support towards efforts that uplift conservation,” Oulanyah said.
“I am happy that the Uganda Wildlife Bill was passed. I have confidence that it will provide a strong foundation for conservation,” he added.
On his part, Uganda’s Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Col (Rtd.) Tom Butiime said that the marathon is the 2nd activity leading to the UN World Wildlife Day celebrations to be celebrated in Kisoro district on March 3rd.
Africa Tembelea understands that there are other activities leading up to the main function and these include; the conference on wildlife conservation in Uganda that is due on 27th February, secondary schools’ conservation quiz on February 29, at Seseme girls secondary school in Kisoro and the primary schools’ conservation quiz on March 2nd at Mutolere primary school.
Others are the grey crowned crane conservation festival on March 2nd at Kikungiri primary school in Kabaale district and finally the main celebrations at Saza grounds in Kisoro district.
PHOTOS: Uganda Wildlife Marathon 2020