The Uganda Marathon Project Selection Process

The Uganda Marathon Project Selection Process

The Uganda Marathon is not just an event that happens for one week of the year. It is a year-round charity with a full-time team – working tirelessly with projects and the local community to ensure that every pound and dollar raised through the race supports those in Uganda that need it most. Our mission is to alleviate poverty in rural Uganda. Together, we are helping local community organisations to be self-sufficient through revenue generating, and cost-saving initiatives. What this means is that rather than funding a single school lunch for a child, we fund an income-generating or cost-saving project (like a small farm, or solar power), which will generate/save enough money to pay for a lifetime of school lunches. Every year, we work with local community leaders to identify the projects that would most benefit from your support. There are so many incredible projects in Uganda that work in the community, choosing the final 15 is a monumental task! This is why we have worked to create the fairest, most transparent system for choosing the projects that are supported for each event. We are a registered NGO in Uganda – The Masaka Marathon – and a UK-registered charity – The Uganda Foundation – which means that every pound or dollar you fundraise is accounted for, and our team work tirelessly to make sure you leave the biggest legacy possible. As part of our dedication to being transparent, would like to share our system for choosing the 15 Uganda Marathon partner projects: The Application Process This is your legacy! In order to select the best projects we follow a...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Top Tips for Kicking off your Fundraising

  Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Over the coming weeks, we’ll share suggestions to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about supporting our group of 2019 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to hear from you!   The 2019 edition of the Uganda Marathon aims to fundraise more for our partnered Charity Projects than ever before, and leave an even bigger impact in Masaka! And the key to that… YOU! Our incredible bunch of 2019 International Runners. Many of you have already started fundraising which is amazing! But if you haven’t yet, with now just under 100 days to go until Race Day, what better time to start? Whether you’ve already begun and you’re looking for some more ideas to mix things up, or you’re yet to set up your online fundraising page, here are 9 tips to get your fundraising off to a great start…     1. Getting started – chose your cause! As with anything, the hardest part can often just be getting started. But once you do, it won’t be long before those donations start rolling in! The first step in your fundraising is a simple one – from our selection of projects, choose the top three which resonate the most with you. Think about the causes which align with your passions, as this will give you added motivation...
The UGM Runners’ Blog: Setting Up Your Online Fundraising Page

The UGM Runners’ Blog: Setting Up Your Online Fundraising Page

Welcome to the Uganda Marathon Runners’ Blog! Our series of blogs dedicated to our participants preparing to take part in this year’s event. Every Sunday, we’ll share new tips to help in your preparations for the 7-Day adventure, from training tips to fundraising and travel advice. Written by a former participant, these blogs are all about helping our group of 2018 runners – please feel free to get in touch if you have questions or topic suggestions – we’d love to help!   Following our posts over the last fortnight about kicking off your training and fundraising, this week’s blog is all about helping you, our amazing runners, to set up your online fundraising pages. First, we’ll run through the process of setting up your page. Then, we’ll share some top tips to make it awesome!   Setting up your fundraising page Once Szilvia has confirmed your Priority Project, you”ll be set to start building your page on BT MyDonate. 1. Go to the Uganda International Marathon 2017 event page on BT-MyDonate by clicking here. Then, click on the ‘Start Fundraising’ button (pictured right). 2. Follow the on-screen instructions to create your personal login. 3. It’s time to get creative and make your page personal! We’ve got more tips on this in the second half of this blog, but in summary aim to: Give it a catchy title and summary Write a punchy description about you, your challenge and a touching description of the project you’re supporting Write a personal thank you email message to give it all that extra personal touch! 4. Email Szilvia with your fundraising page web address to complete the...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

Interview with a UGM Runner – Hannah M

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Hannah chose to fundraise for the Charity Project, Women’s Soroptimists, by running our half marathon event, which actually turned out to be her first EVER half marathon! Below, she shares her account of the week, from staying at Athletes’ Village to visiting the Charity Project to Race Day…     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon and was it what you expected? A few of my friends had signed up and I knew some of the organisers, and it sounded like a brilliant week! I’d never been to Uganda before and had never tried to run a half marathon before, and thought, ‘Why not make Uganda my first?’ It was far more than I had expected – amazingly friendly and cheerful locals, a brilliant spirit and atmosphere in the camp, and the most amazing avocados and fresh fruit…!   2. How did you find staying at Athlete’s Village and camping in the hills of Uganda? The views from the Athletes’ Village were stunning, and the camp itself is beautiful. I was surprised by how lush and green Uganda was!   3. What project did you choose to fundraise for and why? Could you tell us about your experience with the project in Uganda? I fundraised for the Women’s Soroptimists project. Empowerment of women and girls in communities...
Thinking of Signing Up? Here’s 5 of Our Most Popular Questions

Thinking of Signing Up? Here’s 5 of Our Most Popular Questions

  If you’re thinking about signing up for the Uganda Marathon this year and joining us in May, you’re bound to have questions. Afterall, it’s a big undertaking: a week-long adventure in Africa, combining elements such as running, volunteering and fundraising, all to help the Uganda community and leave an amazing impact! So, to help with your deliberations on whether to sign up for this year’s event, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions – questions which many of our previous runners have asked, and I wondered myself in 2015 when I went through the process of signing up. We hope they’re helpful, and should you have any other questions, feel free to contact the team – we’d love to hear from you! 🙂   #1 What’s included in the Week-long Adventure? The Adventure in Uganda is much more than a race, but a full itinerary of different activities spanning seven-days. In the short, the week can be summed up as: “A week-long festival of travel, volunteering and exploration. An opportunity to make new friends, try new foods and get to know a new culture, with a physical challenge and big party at the end.”  The week is built around opportunities to volunteer and make a difference. Specifically, you’ll get to spend a day volunteering at the Charity Project you’ve chosen to fundraise for, and therefore you’re running the race for. This gives you an opportunity to see exactly how you’re helping the community, as well as give you the chance to pitch in for a day and help by getting hands-on. The week...
Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

Interview with a UGM Runner – Amy Broadhead

Here, we interview runners who have participated in the Uganda Marathon, so they can share their stories and experiences from the 7-Day Adventure. After all, it’s their involvement which makes the week so special, from the impact they have on the projects, to community feel they give to the race. Amy, from Barnsley, was seeking an opportunity to do some volunteering for charity but didn’t consider herself well travelled. However, she decided to take the plunge! She fundraised for Bugabira Primary School, used her time in Uganda to go on Safari and Gorilla Trekking, and despite not considering herself a ‘runner’, on Race Day she stepped up to do the Half-Marathon!     1. What made you sign up for the Uganda Marathon? I signed up for the marathon because my friend Ryan suggested it- he had seen it on the internet and we were trying to find an experience that would suit us both. He loves to run and I’ve always wanted to do charity work, and it combined both of them into one. I was apprehensive at first as I didn’t know what to expect… I hadn’t travelled that far away from home so it was very nerve racking but with the extra push I needed, I decided to sign up. But I’m so glad I decided to go in the end as going to Uganda was the best experience of my life!   2. Which project did you choose to fundraise for? Tell us about why you chose this project and your experience with them in Uganda. I chose to fundraise for Bugabira Primary School and chose this...
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