Kampala – The launch of StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019 kicked off in jovial mood at Kampala Parents School on Thursday, 3rd October 2019 under the theme “Safe Drinking Water in Primary Schools”.
According to the organisers of the event, about 51 per cent of Ugandans lack access to safe water and 82 per cent do not even have access to improved sanitation facilities with children in primary schools also affected.
It’s for this reason that Non-Government Organization (NGO), Kampala Kids Run partnered with StarTimes for the sixth edition of the run that is now scheduled to take place on December 8th 2019 at the Uganda Museum.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Kampala Parents School challenged the public not to rest until safe drinking water was no longer a problem.
“We work tirelessly to make sure we provide the best yet many children do not have the privileges we have. It is upon us to provide for them,” said Rajiv.
“Kampala Parents School pupils will also arrange a fundraising to support the cause,” he added.
On his part, the StarTimes CEO Mr. Franklin Wang said they were happy to be part of the cause and will work towards ensuring its success.
“We are excited to launch our 2nd edition of StarTimes Kampala Kids Run 2019. The purpose is to come together to support our children in rural schools by providing safe drinking water. We care about each child’s health. So let us make StarTimes Kampala Kids Run a great success,” Wang said.
Even when the event has had six editions, this is the 2nd edition with StarTimes on board as a sponsor. Other sponsors include Riham, City Oil, Ruparelia Foundation and The Food Hub.
At a cost of shs 20,000 per kid, the 1.5km and 3km categorised Run proceeds will go towards ensuring there is safe drinking water for children in rural schools.
Besides the kids’ Run, there will also be bouncing castles, a work out with Zumba dancers, kid games by the clowns.
As a teaser to what is expected on the day of the kids run, the launch was concluded with a performance from the young and talented Patrick Senyonjo better known as Fresh Kid.