By Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa/Umoja Standard.
Kampala, Uganda: On Thursday, Uganda Journalists Association (UJA) received a donation of Kampala MTN Marathon kits worth one million Uganda Shillings from Ebenezer Real Estates.
This revelation was made by Martin Ochieng the Director of Ebenezer Real Estates while appearing at UJA Headquarters in Kawempe-one of the five divisions that make Uganda’s Capital, Kampala.
MTN Kampala Marathon 2022 will happen on 20th November 2022 under the Theme ‘Run for Babies’ in a bid to curb Maternal and infant deaths.
According to Uganda Health and Demographic Survey, 2016 by UNFPA, Statistics indicate that there is an estimated 336 maternal deaths per 1000 live birth and 43 infant birth per 1000 live birth with 42% of children’s mortality occurring during the neonatal period in Uganda.
Martin Ochieng, Director Ebenezer Real Estates addresses press at Uganda Journalists Association Headquarters, Kawempe today. Photo by Julius Mugaga Tukacungurwa.
While addressing press, Martin Ochieng recognized the essence of media in relaying information geared towards transforming the society especially this year’s cause of saving lives of babies.
He stressed that many times media practitioners have been left out in such arragements yet they are pivotal in impacting the society through information. ‘It is against this background that we decided to partner with them today in this cause’.
“Young people are tomorrow’s generation so keeping them health and in a right way should be everyone’s responsibility”. Mr. Ochieng.
As a real estate developer and environment mindful person, he called on parents/Ugandans to preserve the environment by planting trees around their homes and build structures according to proper plan from the authority in order to have them live for generations.
Kabuye Ronald the Public Relations Officer of Uganda Journalists Association expressed that the partnership they’ve had today links to the modern time agenda of journalism which is ‘solution–oriented journalism’
He lauded Ebenezer Real estates for recognizing what journalism can do in transforming society adding that they/journalists will stand with Uganda’s population to have this cause a success.
About the Marathon.
Proceeds from this year’s Marathon shall be used to upgrade maternal and newborn services in four selected health facilities across the country. The beneficiary health facilities include Kisenyi and Kawaala health facilities in the suburbs of Kampala plus those in Kachumbala (Teso sub-region) and Kabong (Karamoja sub-region).
The 2022 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will be held on Sunday 20th November starting at the Kololo independence grounds with runners participating in any of 4 categories including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), 10Km race and 5Km fun run. The wheelchair race (10Km) shall be held on Sunday 13th November 2022.