- All the participating agencies also used the occasion to show case their products and services to the public
- The Arua run will be followed by another run in Kampala on the 10th of June 2018
- All the proceeds from the run and earlier dinner will go to provision of water for the refugees
By Our Reporter
Arua-The Resident District Commissioner Arua Peter Debele has called for cooperation among humanitarian agencies and other stakeholders in the provision of essential services for the refugees in West Nile.
Debele who, represented state minister for disaster preparedness and refugees Musa Ecweru at the Run for Refugees’ event in Arua town noted that unless all stakeholders work together, it will remain difficult to address the outstanding needs of the refugees.
“I want to sincerely appreciate all of you the different stakeholders for participating in this event to ensure provision of clean and safe water for refugees and I appeal to you to continue the cooperation,” Debele said.
The run for refugees event was thronged by hundreds of participants from 21 humanitarian agencies, who participated in 10km, 5km and 1km distance run within Arua town and surrounding areas.
Joseph Olam, the branch manager KKT Coach while presenting an award of a bicycle to the fastest runner in the 10 Km distance Abraham Majok, cash and other assortments to eleven other best runners in the three different distances pledged to continue supporting such noble activities.
Abraham Majok a South Sudanese long distance runner and winner of the 10kms run for refugees receiving his gift of a bicycle and cash from KKT Bus company.
Excited Majok Abraham, a south Sudanese refugee who represented South Sudan in the World Marathon last year in Kampala said he will use the bicycle to mobilize refugee communities to participate in such events.
Meanwhile the RDC Moyo Swaib Toko who participated in the run urged all humanitarian agencies to work together to supplement government efforts in the provision of services to the refugees.
“This is not only to benefit refugees but a fitness exercise for all of us and I urge our people to learn good example from this and continue the course,” Toko said.
Mandu Moses Samali, a member of the national organizing committee Run For Refugees-R4Rs described the event in Arua as a success towards provision of clean and safe water for the refugees in the region, who currently face increasing challenges of accessing water in the camps.