Telecom Giant Boasts Kids Marathon

UTL's Sarah Kiyingi Mrs. Sarah Kiyingi hands over t-shirts worth shs10m to Jimmy Obbo Ivan.
UTL’s Sarah Kiyingi Mrs. Sarah Kiyingi hands over t-shirts worth shs10m to Jimmy Obbo Ivan.

Uganda Telecom has joined the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) for the forthcoming second Annual Marathon and Walk Race in Rakai and Jinja districts.

The company today showed its support to the network by donating over 100 shirts to the race which is aimed at eradicating child sex abuse and labor.

Mrs. Sarah Kiyingi, Uganda Telecom’s Head of Government Relations and Corporate Social responsibility said, “Children are the next generation of Ugandan leaders and therefore deserve the best of opportunities to enable them become the best they can be. As a proudly Ugandan brand, we are keen on helping such initiatives that support children because we want acts of child mistreatment and manipulation to stop,” adding that “we chose to give away t-shirts because many of these children lack clothes, uniforms among other essentials necessary for their upbringing.”

The Marathon in Rakai district will take place on 23rd August 2014 under the theme “Running to provide children withdrawn from Child labor with Education,” while the Jinja walk race will take place on 5th October 2014 under the theme “walking to support a campaign against child sexual abuse.”

According to Jimmy Obbo Ivans, ANPPCAN Uganda Chapter Regional Programme Coordinator, “The network receives over 4,000 cases of child abuse annually, of which each case costs shs100, 000 to handle. Our goal is to reduce these cases to zero and our dream is to see all children in Uganda secure, respected and cared for.”

The money collected from this cause will be used to support the affected children to go back to school with scholastic materials and also provide medical, legal and phycho-social services to the abused children.

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