Runners take off at the inagural Run 4 Climate 5.5 KM road race that started and climax at the Makerere University Rugby play ground.

Tree Adoption Uganda remains a key party for the grueling and demanding albeit worthwhile nature conservation drive in Uganda.

Since its inception year in 2012, the NGO has done incredible work to fight the worrying deforestation rates in the country christened as the “Pearl of Africa”.

After successful tree planting campaigns in Nakaseke and Luweero districts in partnership with the Liverpool football fans in Uganda, Tree Adoption has spread wings, as promised to the far Eastern part of the country, the landside hit confines of Bududa district.

A largely successful run for climate 5.5 KM road race around Makerere area organized by Tree Adoption Uganda is one of the means undertake to lobby for Bududa.

Runners take off at the inagural Run 4 Climate 5.5 KM road race that started and climax at the Makerere University Rugby play ground.

The fairly attended run started and climaxed at the Makerere University Rugby play ground.

This was flagged off by the global climate change activist Vanesa Nakate, also the founder of Rise Up Movement

Vanesa Nakate, the founder of Rise Up Movement is a strong activist for climate change. She flagged off the Run 4 Climate race and also participated

The run for climate race attracted all clusters of people in the society in either gender from the very young to the aged, filthy rich and marginalized as well as the educated and illiterate classes, all for the common goal of environment protection.

Emmanuel Opio, a first year student of development studies at Makerere University emerged as the best runner, clocking a time of 16:05, ahead of Brian Ategeka (16:30) and Juilus Kabagambe (17:11).

Tree Adoption Uganda was heavily represented with a large legion of people led by the founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Charles Batte.

The national forestry regulatory body, National Forestry Authority (NFA) was fronted by Stuart Maniraguha as the main area in the box (Bududa) was ably represented by Samson Natsambwa, the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Bududa.

We plan to plant 30,000 local indigenous trees in the Bududa area which has been severely affected by landslides in the recent past. Tree Adoption Uganda is on a massive drive to re-green the entire country. We have previously executed similar campaigns in Nakaseke and Luweero districts.

Dr. Charles Batte, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tree Adoption Uganda
Dr. Charles Batte, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tree Adoption Uganda

Need for environmental conservation:

National Forestry Authority’s Stuart Maniraguha, the director in charge of plantations development used the Run for Climate platform to retaliate essence of environmental protections.

Maniraguha’s case is to protect the gazetted natural green areas as well as the planted zones.

A change we desire in this country is an environment change and not any other change. Conservation of the environment is everyone’s concern. We thank organizations like Tree Adoption Uganda that have come up to work for the common good of environment conservation.

Stuart Maniraguha, Director Plantations Development
Rally driver Ponsiano Lwakataka was among the hundreds of runners

Bududa Deputy CAO Samson Natsambwa expressed gratitude for wonderful gesture initiated by Tree Adoption Uganda, National Forestry Authority as well as the general community who burnt carolies and mobilized resources to regreen Bududa.

Tree Adoption plans similar runs in the tomorrow-years for the same cause (re-afforestration) in the different parts of the country.

The Run 4 Climate Race attracted the young and aged

Run 4 Climate Race 2020 (Top 34 Performers):

  1. Emmanuel Otim – 16:05
  2. Brian Ategeka – 16:30
  3. Julius Kabagambe – 17:11
  4. Justus Ahimbisibwe – 17:14
  5. Moses Kasule – 17:21
  6. Samuel Okullo
  7. Kenneth Nagaba
  8. Evas Nasasira
  9. Eric Kairuki
  10. Stuart Atuhaire
  11. Charles Mwesigwa
  12. Lewis Ssenyonga
  13. Morris Ojambo
  14. Noid Jeremy Okello
  15. Elijah Lule
  16. Patrick Ssemujju
  17. Christopher Nsimbe
  18. Arnold Twinamatisko
  19. Balam Twinamatisko
  20. Edwin Lumonya
  21. Garry Guy Afayoa
  22. Ponsiano Lwakataka (Rally Driver)
  23. Robert Nkambo
  24. Gerald Kimbowa
  25. Ivan Kimuli
  26. Bill Wamuyerere
  27. Joshua Tumwesigye
  28. Vincent Birungi
  29. Charles Masereka
  30. Emmanuel Sebalu
  31. Timothy Isiko
  32. Emmanuel Sserunjogi
  33. Mike Musoke
Runners in a limbering session before the Run 4 Climate race at Makerere University Rugby Grounds on Sunday

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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