KAMPALA– It was all joy and excitement on Sunday November 7th 2021, when the US. Ambassador to Uganda, Natalie E. Brown joined the Nyaka family, friends and well-wishers to flag off the Nyaka Virtual Marathon in Kampala and Special thanks to Stanbic Bank Uganda and Brimas Media who were the major sponsors for the run.
The Nyaka Marathon coincides with the annual New York City Marathon that takes place every year and this year Nyaka had 18 runners who were running in New York with the Nyaka Chief Executive Officer Twesigye Jackson Kaguri on 7th November, 2021.
In Uganda, Nyaka children, grandmothers, staff, friends of Nyaka and other stakeholders from all over the country participated in solidarity.
There were different groups of people running from different locations in Uganda like Kampala, Kanungu in Nyakagyezi, Bushenyi, Mbarara, Rubanda as well as other countries like UK and Ethiopia. All events apart from the NYC Marathon were held virtually and followed the standard operating procedures due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
Dr. Twesigye Jackson Kaguri having been the first Ugandan to participate in the New York marathon at 49 and 50 years respectively in 2019 and 2020 gave courage to other young and upcoming athletes from Uganda, especially the South Western part of the country to participate actively and virtually in this year’s Marathon.
While speaking at the flagging off the Kampala Marathon, Ambassador Brown thanked all the participants for putting all their efforts together to support the vulnerable grandmothers and Children and handed over branded gifts to the participants which included a shopping bag, a cape and a water bottle.
The Kampala Marathon was graced by the Nyaka Country Director, Ms. Jennifer Nantale, Nyaka Board Chairperson, Azeirwe Boniface and Nyaka Kampala staff.
In Kanungu, the 42 km were was won by Kamusiime Alex while the Kampala race was won by Owamani John Vian who is a former Nyaka staff.
The 7km race was graced mostly by some Nyaka staff who ran through Makindye, Boston, Salama road and then to Munyonyo while the team in Kanungu that ran 5 km, which was the most competitive race and it had most of the participants who were Nyaka students and staff.
There was also the category for 2½km walk/run which comprised grandmothers and people aged 50 and above years and the race was joined by four Stanbic Bank staff members since the Bank was sponsoring the event.
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project Board Chairman Azeirwe Boniface thanked all sponsors, participants and all the friends of Nyaka, staff and Students for gracing the occasion which made a very successful and great event.
Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project was founded by Twesigye Jackson Kaguri Nyaka in response to the devastating impact of HIV/AIDS in his home village of Nyakagyezi in Kanungu District and surrounding districts missioned to provide free education to children who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS by protecting and nurturing them.
Nyaka provides community based solutions to address the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in rural south western Uganda and each child is given a comprehensive support system which is comprised of interrelated programs developed and led by the community, where children are nurtured, protected so they can learn, grow, and thrive.