By Our reporter
MENGO, Airtel Uganda in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom have launched this year’ edition of the annual Airtel Kabaka run at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo.
The 2019 Kabaka Run will be held on April 7, 2019 and the tickets are on started beeing sold Wednesday March 6, 2019 at Shs10,000.
Speaking at the launch of the Run, Airtel Uganda Managing Director Mr. V.G. Somasekhar thanked the Buganda Kingdom for the unique opportunity and called upon Ugandans to, as always, join in the noble cause to alleviate the Sickle Cell Disease through participating in the Run.
“In line with our three-year theme, we intend to continue driving awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease. Last year, we donated over 140,000 sickle cell testing kits to Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, procured from the proceeds of this prestigious run,” he said.
The Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga thanked Airtel Uganda for taking a keen interest in the development of Ugandan communities.
“With poor health, there is not much that one can do. We are working tirelessly with committed partners such as Airtel Uganda and other partners to ensure that we improve persistent and yet avoidable health problems, then we can focus on other community development issues,” he noted.
The Kabaka run – an annual event celebrated to mark the King’s birthday – is part of a partnership that the telecommunications giant has with the Buganda Kingdom to sponsor four of their most important activities; the Kabaka’s birthday Run, Kabaka’s birthday celebration, the Kabaka’s coronation as well as Eid El Fitri. Airtel Uganda also sponsors the Masaza Cup – the Buganda kingdom football tournament.
Participants will be flagged off in Lubiri Mengo by His Majesty the Kabaka for the 5km, 10kms and 21km routes. Participants are encouraged to register starting today at Bulange Mengo, New vision Head office, Airtel Shop New Park – Kyaggwe Road, Airtel Shop Ben Kiwanuka Street- ShopRite Building and Airtel Shop -Thobani Building. Payments can also be done using Airtel Money; Dial *185#, Select payments, select Kabaka Run, Enter pin and complete the payment.
About Airtel Africa Limited:
Airtel Africa Limited is a pan-African telecommunications company with operations in 14 countries across Africa. Airtel Africa is driven by the vision of providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all and is supported in pursuing this vision by its largest shareholder, Bharti Airtel. Its product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless voice and data services and mobile commerce through ‘Airtel Money’. Airtel Africa had over 97 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2018.