It has often been done many ex international sportsmen around the globe, giving back to their communities.

And one the few cases in Uganda has to be this one. Ugandan runner Julius Achon opened a Shs130m health centre in his home village of Awake, Otuke District.

“I started this project in memory of my mother Kristina Acuma Achon who was shot four times by the LRA (Lord Resistance Army) besides,” Achon told Daily Monitor while officially opening the facility on Saturday. “My niece died mercilessly due to child labour.”

Achon, 36, started charity work in 2009 when he initiated Achon Uganda Children’s Fund (AUCF) to support the needy children in his community who had been displaced by the LRA conflict. He also constructed two churches for his community last year.

The centre will open to the public on October 1st. Achon repeatedly referred to his impoverished childhood as an inspiration to work hard. 

Born December 12, 1976, Achon is a middle distance runner who specializes in the 1500 metres. Achon currently hold the 800m American Collegiate Record with a time of 1:44.55 set back in 1996 as a student at George Mason University. 

At 12 years, the middle distance runner, who is yet to retire from active sports, was abducted by the LRA rebels. He was held captive for three months but used his quick legs to escape.

He is also the founder of the Achon Uganda Children’s Fund, an origination based in Portland, Oregon that raises money to build schools in Uganda.

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