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Absa Bank Uganda to Sponsor Top Athletes for Run Your City Series in South Africa

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Absa Bank Uganda has announced its sponsorship of top athletes, both male and female, from the recent Absa KH3-7 Hills Run. The sponsored athletes will participate in the Johannesburg leg of the 2025 Absa Run Your City Series in South Africa.

The sponsorship includes covering travel expenses and participation fees for the two female athletes, Kareen Chemusto and Annet Chesang, who excelled in the KH3-7 Hills Run, as well as the top male athletes, Brian Ategeka and Aggrey Agaba.

The winners at the Absa KH3 – 7 Hills Run together with Mumba Kalifungwa 

The Absa KH3-7 Hills Run showcased some of Uganda’s finest running talent, with Philip Kiptoo emerging as the overall winner. This sponsorship underscores Absa Bank Uganda’s commitment to supporting sports development and promoting a healthy lifestyle among Ugandans.

The Absa Run Your City Series is a renowned event that attracts runners from across Africa and beyond. The Johannesburg leg is known for its challenging course and competitive field, offering Ugandan athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills against top athletes from around the world.

Mumba Kalifungwa, the Managing Director of Absa Bank Uganda, explained the bank’s decision to sponsor this initiative, stating that their Citizenship ambition is to be an active force for good in the communities where they operate. He emphasized their commitment to advancing education, youth employment, and promoting a just society, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to inclusive education and gender equality.

Wilberforce Kyambadde, the KH3 Hash Master, expressed satisfaction with the growing momentum of the Absa KH3-7 Hills Run, now even attracting professional runners. This year’s marathon attracted elite runners coordinated by the Cheptegei Development Foundation, which supports local talent development, including programs to assist girls fleeing harmful practices like FGM.

The marathon was flagged off by Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, who praised the ‘Run Her Race’ initiative as aligned with the government’s agenda to promote girl child education. He highlighted national efforts, such as provisions in the National Development Plan III to strengthen affirmative action for girls’ enrollment in technical and vocational education and training (BTVET). Additionally, the government has allocated 30% of funds under the new Parish Development Model to women’s initiatives, resulting in increased enrollment and graduation of girls at the university level.

Mr. Kalifungwa expressed gratitude to partners and runners for their support, noting that funds from previous years were used to support various initiatives benefiting girls, including menstrual hygiene management, support for teenage mothers to return to school, and skills training for self-sustainability.

“I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate all our partners and the runners who participated today. Last year we had over 2,500 take part and today we have surpassed that number. We thank you for your continued support of our initiatives. Last year’s funds were used to support over 2,750 girls with menstrual hygiene management, supporting teenage mothers to return to school with fully paid school fees, and skilling others to become self-sustainable with culinary skills, tailoring, knitting, and making liquid soap. We shall continue to support such initiatives that support girls to leverage their potential to become contributing members in their communities.” said Mr. Kalifungwa

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