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Enthusiastic runners enjoy NSSF 7 Hills Hash Run

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 18th March 2019 12:42 PM

The annual charity run that was organised under the theme, ‘Be the Champion that Public Schools need’

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Uganda Retirements Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) team celebrate with their trophy after the fourth edition of the NSSF 7 Hills Hash Run at Nsambya. PHOTOS: Michael Nsubuga

The annual charity run that was organised under the theme, ‘Be the Champion that Public Schools need’

With the many benefits associated with running, many Kampala dwellers are easily embracing it as a lifestyle and cannot miss an organised run whether it is for fun or for charity.
If it happens to be a group activity, even those who hardly walk for even a kilometer in their daily lives find themselves in some of these races.
It was no different on Sunday as hundreds participated in the 4th edition of the NSSF Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run over Kampala’s seven hills.
The annual charity run that was organised under the theme, ‘Be the Champion that Public Schools need’ was not discriminatory, attracting the young and old who participated in the 10 and 21km races as well as a family run/walk.
The participants are the reason why the Kampala School for the physically handicapped, Kansanga Primary School, Munyoyo Primary School, Nakivubo Primary Schools, and two upcountry schools will get a facelift as proposed by KCCA Acting Executive Director Andrew Kitaka who was among the participants.

 NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba (left) congratulates Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga after they both completed the 21km race at Nsambya

It was fun for some, routine for many and tiring for some others and especially the new ones who didn’t know the route. But in the end, it was fun for all and especially those who conquered the 7 hills and were eager to show off their ribbons that they pick on completion of each of the hills.
Addressing the runners after the races, NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba thanked them and said this year’s run had met its target by raising sh506m.
“Let’s do this next year, have fun and enjoy yourselves,” Byarugaba who was in the company of Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga, said after he crowned the corporate category winners; the Uganda Retirements Benefits Regulatory Authority (URBRA) team with their trophy.
Hassan Nakabale, the Director Communications and Public Affairs URBRA said they had planned to win this year’s event following their poor performance last year.
“We have worked for this trophy since last year. We did not fare well then and decided that we had to return in full gear which we have done and I’m happy that we have won this year’s edition and contributed to the betterment of Kampala schools,” Nakabale said.
“I’m happy with my team, the participation organization, and I think we shall come back and defend it next year,”
Standard Chartered Bank came second in the corporate class category while DFCU Bank finished third overall.

 Runners set off for the 7 Hills run at Nsambya

Many of other runners from other companies like Orient Bank, NSSF, Stanbic, Vision Group, Umeme, KCCA, and the Hashers among others also conquered the seven hills with the rest opting for the shorter 10km race.
Over sh300m has been collected from the last three runs which have gone to rehabilitate six schools.
In 2016, KCCA received sh61m which was used to renovate a classroom block at Nakivubo Settlement Primary School for (sh56m) and construction of a water tank at St. Ponsiano Kyamula Primary School for sh5m.
NSSF handed over sh119m from the 2017 proceeds which benefitted Makerere University and St. Paul Nsambya primary schools while last year’s collection went to the renovation of Mbuya Church of Uganda primary school.
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