Friday 1st July saw the biggest turn up we have had to date for our Annual Awareness and Fun Day for children with special needs here in Kampala. We had up to ???? children plus adults from many different organizations and schools.
The day started with an Awareness March from Centenary Park, down Jinja road, to the MTN Indoor Arena in Lugogo. We all lined up with the Special Children’s Trust banner leading the way and all other organizations and schools lined up behind with their school banners and notes that told of how unique we are, how we are made in a wonderful and amazing way, and how we are designed for a purpose.
We were blessed to be joined by some special guests for our Awareness Day this year, including Honourable Florence Nakiwala Kiyingi, the Minister for youth and children (representing the Vice President), Miss Uganda and Madeline Stuart, an International Model from Australia who has Downs Syndrome. We thank these special guests for marching with us and raising their voices with us for children with special needs in Uganda.
Following the march we had a day filled with fun activities and special presentations. Many schools and organizations represented came to the front of the arena and participated in a number of presentations including drama, singing and dancing. One of our mother’s also came to the front with her child who has special needs and sang a special song for her. It was a very touching moment, to see the love a mother has for her child.
This was followed by lunch and then afternoon activities starting with a dance presentation from our special guest and International model Madeline Stuart and also our friends at Clay Dance Company, who we thank for always being available to be part of our event and inspire our children. We ended with a wonderful modeling presentation on our very own special catwalk, led by Madeline Stuart and Miss Uganda walking the runway together in cultural wear, followed by our marvelous children. All our children worked the runway in a variety of categories, including cultural wear, casual wear, beach wear, creative wear and more.
We thank we grateful hearts those who sponsored or contributed to our event in many ways through finances or in kind, SWICO, RIHAM, MOVIT and IAA, as well as Jinja Road Police, the National Council for Sports and Embrace Kulture. And again, not forgetting our special guests, the Minister for Youth and Children, Miss Uganda Foundation and Madeline Stuart.
Together we can make a difference, together we can make Uganda better and safer for children with special needs.