Ben Parkinson writes:
Children in Kampala run to demonstrate their commitment to education and sport, while at the same time celebrate their ability in running. The Slum Run is a highlight in the year for the children in the Acholi Quarter and some are supported to run by people all around the world.
In Birmingham, the run is more local and could be duplicated in any location in the UK. Runners are sponsored to support the children in Kampala. In Small Heath, the cup was won by Steve Green, a leader in Birmingham Boys’ Brigade. 12 year old Nicholas Fieldhouse was the worthy winner of the youth race.
Every year the Run has developed and we had more runners than ever before. This year, the money we are raising is going into three areas:
Education support - this could be school fees or, more likely, requirements for school for some of the most disadvantaged slum children in the world. Staff at Chrysalis personally know the individual stories of all of the runners and make sure that the money makes the greatest social impact.
Activities and Services for Chrysalis Centre children – money raised goes to a variety of activities, including athletics, participation in which has grown the self esteem of so many children since the Slum Run was launched. We run weekly art sessions, other sports and games, personal safety and hygiene sessions and provide washing facilities and first aid for all children.
Children’s Own Projects. This year we have started to engage children who visit our centre in social projects, which enable them to devise their own solutions to social problems in the slum area. Almost 40% of our regular members are undertaking social projects, at the same time learning empathy, leadership skills, accountability and ICT. Even young children are coming up with important projects, which will see them become role models for others in a changing Uganda.
In Kampala the Run was won by 13 year old Ivan Lubangakene, a name to watch for the future. Ivan is forced by circumstance to work in the quarry for his school requirements at the weekends and your support will keep him out of the quarry throughout this year. The first girl was Gloria Ayaa, who aged 12, fought off the challenge of much older girls this year.
Even the local Chief of Police ran with the youngsters in Kampala and children lined the route around the circuit, as it was such an occasion! There were over 70 runners and you can find many photographs at the new Kampala Slum Run web-site.
It’s not too late to support the Slum Run 2014 via the website http://chrysalisuganda.wordpress.com/thank-you-for-your-donation/ or you can simply send a cheque to the registered charity CYEN at 31 Prince of Wales Lane, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, B14 4lB. We still have money coming in from the Birmingham Run, but we would dearly love to reach our £3000 target for this year.
Read more about the work here: http://chrysalisuganda.wordpress.com/about/