By Andrew Irumba
Budding Ugandan rapper Patrick Senyonjo aka Fresh Kid, a pupil at Kampala Parents School, is the main act at today’s Kampala Kids Run, which has been organised and sponsored by the Ruparelia Foundation.
Spy Uganda has learnt that apart from participating in that Kids’ Run which is also cosponsored by Startimes and other corporate companies, Fresh Kid will also entertain kids and other people at the event.
Kampala Kids Run, which is kicking off at the Uganda Museum in Kitante, is one of the Ruparelia Fpundation’s corporate social responsibility and it has attracted children from several schools to run for a good cause, which is providing clean water at selected primary schools around the country.
Apart from Fresh Kid, other famous Ghetto Kids are to entertain children turning up for the event.
Besides the Ruparelia Foundation, the Kampala Kids Run is also sponsored by Startimes, The Food Hub, Riham, and UMC hospitals.
It should be noted Ruparelias who run the Ruparelia Foundation are a prominent business family in Uganda with companies in fields of hospitality, agriculture, education, media, real estate, external labour, finance, among others. Their business presence is so imposing that you can be forgiven to believe that they have their hand in every business.
Through their Ruparelia Foundation, they have touched thousands of people in Uganda and beyond and last week they launched a project to construct sanitary facilities at ghetto schools in Kampala, starting with Kamwokya.
Besides that, this Christmas season the Ruparelia Group have lined up several activities to give back to society and they are doing this in a participatory approach.
The Ruparelia family runs among other schools Kampala Parents School, Delhi School, Kampala International School of Uganda, of course which have no issues of water and sanitation. However not all children studying in other schools are that lucky as many children don’t have safe water facilities at their schools, leave alone enough toilets for pupils and teachers.
Dr Sudhir Ruparelia, who founded a charity, Ruparelia Foundation through which charity causes are undertaken, has children and their education close to his heart. He says he wants to see the gap between children of haves and have nots, bridged especially in matters of public health and education.