This has been a frenetic year, with 15 new Butterfly members joining us and the Ashoka Alumni development taking place. We have seen amazing athletics progress from the kids and the vibe and excitement for tomorrow has been incredible.
2015 has marked some significant developments for Slum Run. For the first time we have attracted local sponsors in Uganda and the Kampala Run promises to be the biggest and most successful yet, with Urban TV, KFM and Bukedde covering the event.
Also, the focus this year is much more on athletic performance, where we have given the participants target times to achieve in order to be considered for selection, as there have been so many applicants. We have appointed a new coach and he has drawn up very many new and varied training routes for the children, some outside the slum area, which they much prefer running on. A new 2.5km hill run has also proved really popular and has formed the basis for our target times, as for the best of them one lap takes 12-15 minutes.
We are expecting to have around 26 supported children this year and we are looking to support each one for a minimum of £50 to include any school needs, including fees, if necessary, food, clothing or any other emerging crisis, such as illness or injury. It will also include their Slum Run gear – trainers, T-shirt and shorts and training costs this year. So, you see we become a sort of insurance service for their wellbeing and development.
Raising enough money to pay for this is up to us and we seek your support to achieve our £3000 target and you can pledge your support at Justgiving. All money will go to support these children or others like them attending the Chrysalis Centre.
The Slum Run founder, Francis Ssuuna, is now 20 and fits the organisation of the run around his school studies. He is making a film about the Slum Run this year, with support from our partners Living in Minca, a film company who travel the globe looking for good practice in social enterprise.
So, do you fancy supporting children out of working in quarries and in scrap collecting? Join a run this Sunday, either in Kampala or in Birmingham! See details of how to participate below…
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN BIRMINGHAM?
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN KAMPALA?
In Kampala, the Kids’ Run is at 11:00am and we encourage all visitors to arrive at 10.30am to watch the start.
If you would like to participate in the Open Fun Run, then please come along at 12 noon. The race will start approximately at 12.30pm, as soon as the Kids’ 10km Run is finished.
There will be a finger buffet for VIPs and media attending.
It is expected that the whole event will wrap up by 14.00pm, though visitors are welcome to stay longer, if they wish to.
Hope to see you there!