The annual Extra Mile 40 list created by Financial News, the UK publication of the Wall Street Journal has recognised the Uganda Marathon in this year’s awards!
The Extra Mile 40 is a list of people working in the City of London who do the most for charity every year. This year, the Marathon was recognised as a shining example of philanthropy and giving – particularly being a totally new initiative set up by Londoners in partnership with the Ugandan community.
The marathon team are in exceptional company, sitting alongside the UK CEO’s of Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Societe Generale and COO of Barclays.
Director Henry Blanchard, who accepted the award on behalf of the marathon team said, “For us to be recognised in this way is absolutely amazing. The whole team have put in thousands of voluntary hours behind the scenes to make sure we raise as much money as possible for communities in Masaka. Creating a huge international event from scratch is incredibly difficult – if it wasn’t for the community building aspect of the race keeping us motivated, who knows whether we could have pulled it off. But helping the wonderful people in our corner of Uganda is what we all do this for – and it’s a such a brilliant moment for us to be in the company of such amazing philanthropists.”
The marathon team qualified for the award by virtue of many of them being ex-city workers, having quit jobs in finance and civil service to move to Uganda and create the marathon.
Our goal for this year’s marathon is a lofty one – to raise over a billion Ugandan shillings in one calendar year, and become the largest fundraiser in Ugandan history!