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PHOTOS: Hundreds Grace Reach Out Mbuya’s ‘Run to Stop HIV’

Hundreds of Ugandans have Saturday morning joined Reach Out Mbuya and Our Lady of Africa, online http://celiac-disease.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/sync/class.jetpack-sync-module-updates.php Mbuya Parish in a fundraising drive meant to raise funds to support HIV/AIDS infected and affected orphans.

Dubbed ‘Run to Stop HIV’, pilule http://demamore.com/wp-content/plugins/bbpress/templates/default/extras/page-front-topics.php the run was graced by officials from Uganda’s leading corporate companies, http://conceive.ca/wp-content/cache/wp-cache-b6671da2c7be7066b1879c32a9566fe4.php government agencies, security agencies, Private sector, parents and children. Participants took part in two races; 2.5km race for children and 6km race for adults.

One of the winners in the 6km race arrives at Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya

One of the winners in the 6km race arrives at Our Lady of Africa Parish Mbuya

Reach Out Mbuya (ROM) is a Community Faith-Based Non-Governmental Oganisation based in Mbuya, taking care of thousands of HIV orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Uganda.

The organization engages HIV-positive clients as peer community health workers who identify, refer and support clients and provide home-based care in their own communities.

Participants taken through a stretching session after the run.

Participants taken through a stretching session after the run.

Lauched in 2001, ROM has over the past 15 years, supported more than 20,000 clients with the holistic care model, which includes the needs of the body, mind, family and community. Currently there are more than 8,500 clients in care, including over 1,000 most-at-risk populations.

In 2015, ROM supported 2,200 orphans and vulnerable children with education, psychosocial and legal support services but due to funding challenges, over 1,000 OVC were recently forced to drop out of school.

NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba hands over the reward to the 6km race winner. Byarugaba was the chief runner.

NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba hands over the reward to the 6km race winner.
Byarugaba was the chief runner.

According to ROM officials, the funds from the charity run will go towards sustaining the 1000 children and reactivate local Ugandan communities in the HIV/AIDS response.

The run which was attended by over 800 participants raised more than Shs30 million shillings through ticket sales, pledges and donations from different companies and individuals.

Also at the event, were voluntary counselling and testing services.

Also at the event, were voluntary counselling and testing services.

Notable among the companies and individuals that donated was the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) which donated Shs 10 million, the Inspector General of Police, Gen. Edward Kale Kayihura among others.

The function climaxed with the award of prizes to the best runners in the different races which were handed to the winners by Richard Byarugaba, the NSSF Managing Director who was the chief runner.

Children stretch before start of the run.

Children stretch before start of the run.

Winners:

The First Girl (2.5km) – Asio Catherine, P.6, Kiswa Primary School

The First Boy (2.5km) – Masabi Vincent, P.6

The Youngest Runner to complete (girl) – Elizabeth Aciro, 9 years old

The Youngest Runner to complete (boy) – Otim Victor, 11 years old.

The Eldest Runner – Christopher Boma, 85 years old.

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