SOURCE OF THE NILE RUN TO FUND CANCER TREATMENT
Speaker of the Uganda Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has launched the 2nd Twegaite Source of the Nile Run. The run is part of events to promote domestic tourism in the Busog region in Eastern Uganda, and specifically in Jinja the biggest city in the region.
The run is organized by Twegaite International Organization a non-profit corporation based in the USA. Twegaite brings together children and friends of Busoga, both in the diaspora and Uganda, with a primary objective of reaching out in a collaborative manner for Busoga Regional Development. Founded in the USA in 1998, the group’s primary objective is to reach out in a collaborative effort for Busoga regional development.
Hon Kadaga said the first run had been a success even though it was held on the shores of the River Mississippi in the USA.
“Twegaite means ‘Let us Unite’ in Lusoga. The organisation brings together the Basoga and other people from eastern Uganda, all living in the USA. I was chief runner at the first event in St. Paul/Minneapolis and I finished the race,” said Kadaga. She was addressing journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.
“Kadaga said, adding that the the said funds raised in the run will help secure sh20million for a hospice in Jinja in an effort to support cancer treatment in the region.
Kadaga said this is the first time the run is on the shores of the world’s longest river, the River Nile. The Nile at about 6700km from Jinja in Uganda to the Nile Delta in Egypt on the shores of the Mediterranean is the longest river.
During the second edition of Twegaite Source of the Nile Run, the organisers hope to raise funds to support a cancer hospice in Jinja. There are a number of activities starting from 18 July all through to 24 July, among them a zoo exhibition. Kadaga called upon Ugandans and others to register and participate in the run not only to support the cancer awareness campaign, but also to promote tourism in Uganda.
“Each of us has the personal responsibility to promote our country,” says Hon. Kadaga. “Busoga and the eastern region has a lot to over to the rest of the country and I encourage all Ugandans to participate in this run,” said Hon. Kadaga.
The Twegaite Source of the Nile Run is one of several sports events that the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) partners with the private sector to promote regional and domestic tourism.
“This year, the Uganda Tourism Board is focused on driving domestic tourism to higher levels that the previous years. Uganda is rich and diverse in culture, landscape, and tourism attractions and the Twegaite Source of the Nile Run is one such event that promotes domestic tourism,” said Stephen Asiimwe, the CEO of Uganda Tourism Board.
“The Nile run is one of our signature projects hence we have joined hands with the private sector both internationally and domestically to embrace the number of tourists expected at Busoga. We coordinated with a beehive of restaurants, hotels, entertainers to provide services as a way of developing the product. Also 20 schools have been invited to come,” Asiimwe said.
UTB is partnering with Twegaite International to promote Jinja as a tourism and adventure destination in East Africa. Through this run, UTB and Twegaite International will be driving traffic to Jinja for the entire week (July 18-24).
TWEGAITE SOURCE OF THE NILE RUN
WHERE: Source of the Nile, Jinja
WHEN: July 23, 2016
Events start 18 July climaxing with the Twegaite Source of the Nile Run on 23 July.