Makerere University Set to Hold Fourth Edition of MakRun to Support Students with Disabilities

KAMPALA — Makerere University is set to hold the Fourth Edition of the Makerere University Endowment Fund Run 2024 (MakRun 2024) on August 18th, 2024. The launch was presided over by the State Minister for Youth Affairs, Balaam Barugahara, on Tuesday morning at Makerere University.

This year’s event will be held under the theme “Run for Students with Disabilities” and will raise funds for the construction of a state-of-the-art Students’ Centre and Disability Support Unit at Makerere University.

“Let us demonstrate our solidarity with students living with disabilities by purchasing kits and contributing to their well-being and academic success. We must create an inclusive environment that allows all students to thrive,” said State Minister for Youth Affairs, Balaam Barugahara. “I commend Makerere University for its commitment to inclusivity and call upon all stakeholders to support this noble cause.”

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, commended the efforts of the current board, which has built upon the foundation set by the inaugural board, ensuring the fulfillment of the fund’s objectives. “We pay tribute to the late Dr. Martin Alika, the inaugural chairman of the endowment fund. May his soul rest in peace.” Prof. Nawangwe emphasized the importance of supporting students with disabilities, saying, “We must ensure that our university is inclusive and supportive of all students, regardless of their abilities.”

Mr. Martin Owiny, a member of the Board of Trustees, represented Prof. Maggie Kigozi, the chairperson of the fund. He reported that the fund has grown from 8.3 billion in 2021 to 11.5 billion and aims to reach 20 billion by 2026. “We are pleased to report modest progress achieved so far as a Board of Trustees. When the current board assumed office in September 2021, the fund’s total assets were valued at 8.3 billion, thanks to the efforts of the previous board led by Dr. Martin Alika. I am delighted to announce that the fund has grown from 8.3 billion in 2021 to 11.5 billion, and our corporate objective is to increase this to 20 billion by 2026,” said Owiny.

The construction of the Students’ Centre is crucial for the university community, as it will provide a hub for student activities, support services, and social events. The centre will also house the Disability Support Unit, which will offer specialized support services for students with disabilities. The unit will provide assistive technology, academic support, and counseling services to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to succeed.

The #MakRun2024 is open to the public, and participants can register and donate UGX 20,000 to the cause to receive a running vest.


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