Makerere University Endowment Fund Launches MakRun2024 to Support Students with Disabilities

KAMPALA, UGANDA – The Makerere University Endowment Fund has announced the launch of the fourth edition of the Makerere Run, an annual event aimed at supporting students living with disabilities and promoting inclusivity within the university community.

This year’s event, scheduled for August 18th, 2024, 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.

The State Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Balaam Barugahara, commended the efforts of Dr. Maggie Chigozie, the late Dr. Martin Aliker, and their team for reviving and promoting the endowment fund and initiating the MakRun. “I commend Dr. Maggie Kigozi, the late Dr. Martin Aliker, and their team for reviving and promoting the endowment fund and initiating the MakRun, which we are commissioning today for its fourth edition,” he said.

“Let us demonstrate our solidarity with students living with disabilities by purchasing kits and contributing to their well-being and academic success. This is not only a healthy initiative but also a timely response to the recent call by the Minister of Public Service and Health to promote a culture of regular exercise among public servants. As the Vice Chancellor indicated, I am willing to work closely with my boss, the Prime Minister of Uganda, and all government officials, including those who went through Makerere and those who wish to support this noble cause, to participate in the MakRun. I pledge my enabling support and invite you all to join me in participating in the run, where I will possibly take the lead.”

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof Barnabas Nawangwe, emphasized the importance of inclusivity and accessibility in the university community. “The quality of an organization is now measured by the care it takes for people with disabilities,” he said. “I appeal to the alumni and friends of Makerere to give back to their alma mater, including by participating in the MakRun and other initiatives. Following the example of top universities worldwide, Makerere University initiated the endowment fund to consolidate its assets, solicit donations from alumni and supporters, and invest these resources to perpetually support its core mission. This is one of the ways we can reduce our dependence on the Treasury, which has many other pressures.”