On 14 August, Sunday this week, a large number of cyclists will hit Kampala roads and hills with a new adventure challenge with the main aim of raising funds to train children born in prisons.
A number of innocents have been born and or live in prison, as their parents serve sentence. Others move into prison with their parents because they have nowhere else to go. And the challenge: What do we do with these children? What is their future?
Now in its second year, the Kampala Cycling Challenge initiated by Palm Travel Bureau with Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) hopes to give answers to this painful question.
“We have a challenge on our hands- the forgotten children born or living in our prisons are becoming adults. Adults without skills, which means an uncertain future,” says Stephen Asiimwe, the Chief Executive Officer at UTB.
He says the proceeds from the Kampala Cycling Challenge 2016 with the support of private sector players will go a long way in training the 16-18 year old children to become tour guides and useful adults.
“The proceeds will be used to give children born in prison another chance in life. We shall train and skill them as tourism guides to work in Kampala,” says Asiimwe.
Uganda’s state minister for tourism, Mr. Godfrey Kiwanda, has called for greater participation from visitors and people of Kampala. Kiwanda who has since Tuesday 9th August has been on a campaign to visit and popularize Kampala tourism attractions will be the chief cyclist.
“Tourism is not only about going to the parks. There is a lot to see in and around our city, and the Kampala Adventure Cycling event will allow many people appreciate this city,” Kiwanda says.
“It is amazing that many people live here but have only seen so little. There are two things I love doing, drumming and cycling. I used to cycle almost 15 kilometres to school. Now I will cycle to ensure children born in prison are schooled for life through tourism training,” he says.
Last year the event attracted about 280 local riders and 20 foreign riders who participated in the 25kms and 12kms race categories. The winners in different categories will go away with several prizes among them food vouchers from Café Javas, shopping vouchers from Nakumatt and air tickets from Brussels Airlines. Other sponsors are The Observer newspaper, Palm Travel Bureau, Café Javas, Kampala Capital City Authority and the Uganda Tourism Board.
For more information:
Contact: Vincent Mugaba
Public Relations Officer | Uganda Tourism Board | Plot 42 Windsor Crescent, Kololo | P.O. Box 7211 Kampala, Uganda | Tel: +256 (0) 414 342 196/7 |
Mob: 0772 403 330 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org | Website: www.visituganda.com |
The Charity Cause
Part of this event is to raise awareness as well as raise funds to provide skills in tourism guiding for children aged 16-18 years born and raised in Uganda’s prisons in order to improve their lives.
Event Date: 14th August 2016
Event venue: Philip Omondi Stadium – Lugogo (KCCA grounds)
Event routes: 40km, 25km and 15km
Event fees: Individuals UGX30,000, corporate companies UGX1,000,000
Registration places: All Capital Shoppers supermarket branches
The Event Program for the 2nd Edition of the Kampala Adventure Cycling 14th August, 2016: VENUE: Philip Omondi Stadium Lugogo next to Game store.
– 06.00am The Site will be opened, Preparations for the Refreshments, On site displays and set up, Registration and check-in sets up.
– 06:30am Briefing of the marshals, distribution of jackets, and later transport the Marshals along the route.
– 07:00am Welcome remarks and briefing of participants
– 08:00am Arrival of the Chief Guest Hon. Godfrey Kiwanda Minister of State for Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities.
– 08:05am Take a group photograph with the CEO UTB and the State Minister for Tourism.
– 08:10am Speech by Chief Executive Officer Mr Stephen Asiimwe
– 08:15am Before flagging of the teams, a Brief speech by Hon Godfrey Kiwanda
– 08:30am The cyclists prepare themselves in this order;-
– 08:35am Professional cyclists first
– 08:45am Ordinary cyclists second
– 9:00am Corporate cyclists third
– 9:00am The Hon. Minister of State flags off Cyclists.
– 12:00pm All cyclists check in back after.
– 12:15pm Speeches and award ceremony.
– 1:00pm Entertainment and closing ceremony.
– 2:00pm End of the event and cleaning of the venue will proceed.