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From his base in Uganda, Ben Parkinson – Director of the Butterfly Project – is organising a parallel fund-raising Slum Run in Small Heath on Sunday, 13th October 2013, at 2pm. For information about last year’s event use this link.

The run will start at a point close to Small Heath Baptist Church. There will be a 2Km circuit, which people can either run or walk around. Some may feel only able to do one circuit but the seasoned runners would do 5 circuits.

Small Heath’s Ian Godfree, a veteran of the London Marathon, is overseeing it, with help from the Boys Brigade.

18-year-old Francis Ssuuna, who is the founder of the Slum Run and a member of the Butterfly Project. Francis joined the project in 2009 and grew up in a rural village in Western Uganda. He writes about the Ugandan event:

“I am happy to announce that on 13Th/October/2013. The Slum Run is going to be talking place. The Slum Run is the biggest campaign in my project named “The Circulate Project”.

“It deals with deprived, disadvantaged slum children who live near the Butterfly project Headquarters in the place called the Acholi Quarters. The reason why these kids are so disadvantaged is because their parents came from Northern Uganda running away from Kenya who killed many of their relatives. Thus this affected their parents negatively because –In this place they lacked jobs, accommodation and proper food for their children. This has resulted into a series of problems, but the major ones are poverty, poor education and malnutrition diseases more especially in young children also resulting into child mortality.

“The young kids are entitled to work in the stone quarry by their parents which I strongly disagree with as a change maker because this abuses their rights as children but who else cares; this is where they get what to eat and their requirements for school. So if they don’t work in the quarry no school and no food. A few months a go one of my magnificent runners died because he was hit by the stone on his head when he was mining.

“So I am deeply attached with these kids problems and that’s why I trying out solutions so that I can make them have a better life. Because I know that change starts with me and if I am not the one to standout for my problems then who will?

“The slum running campaign was purely formed to prevent these kids from working in the stone quarry. By helping them get school requirements, good food and clothing when they run. I do this by raising a sum of money though sponsorship and right now I am in urgent need, looking for sponsors who wish to sponsor these kids for this ” Second Year annual Slum Run Campaign”.

All monies go to Uganda and will be used to pay school fees for participating runners in Uganda and support the development of a Youth Sports and Empowerment Centre in Kampala for these children.

Contact the Chrysalis Youth Empowerment Network,  a charitable organisation, registered with HMRC No. XT38864. Charity Commission Registration is pending: 31 Prince of Wales Lane, Yardley Wood, Birmingham, B14 4LB or contact socentafrica@gmail.com

Website: http://chrysalisuganda.wordpress.com