With charity runs becoming the easier norm to solicit funds for good cause, the Basamia- Bagwe tribes partnered and borrowed a leaf from other societies in Uganda to organise their own run under the theme - Run for Women and Girls to Improve Maternal Health - in Busia on October 29.
The run, that started and ended at Lumino Primary School playground to attracted a full-house of participants from Kampala, Busia and neighbouring Kenya districts including Kisumu and Malaba, was aimed at helping the communal Lumino Health Centre III raise funds to furnish their new maternal ward.
And the run got the necessary boost when The Katikiro of Buganda Kingdom Charles Peter Mayiga and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga graced the event as chief runner and guest of honour respectively.
Kadaga handed over delivering beds and mama kits (safe kits) to the health centres of Lumino and Mutumba III whereas Mayiga highlighted the importance of pregnant women to ensure a good level of hygiene to avoid maternal, early childhood and post-natal deaths.
The chairman of run Dr Godfrey Bwire disclosed that the inaugural run’s target was Shs200m to facilitate Lumino and Mutumba which would go a long way in helping reduce the number of maternal deaths. The day’s activities started at 10am and included a walking race, 3km run, 8km run and a football match between the Uganda Parliament football team and the Star Times Basamia Bagwe Run organisers. Star Times funded the construction of the maternal ward at Lumino.
The highlight of the day was provided by Kampala Central MP Mohammed Nsereko, who scored a brace courtesy of Samia Bugwe South MP Julius Maganda’s assists, as the parliamentary team defeated the organisers 2-0 at Lumino playground.
The Katikiro of Buganda Charles Peter Mayiga (L) and Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga were at the forefront of helping raise funds Lumino Health Centre in Busia.