The launch of the inaugural Uganda International Marathon 2015

UK fundraising platform, Shauku Foundation has teamed up with Ugandan NGO, CHEDRA, to launch the inaugural Uganda International Marathon.

Taking place on 24 May 2015, the race will see 2,000 runners tackling a beautiful course through rural villages and farmland, before finishing in Masaka town.

The marathon is a fundraiser with a difference. Each participant must pledge to fund raise £1,500. This money is then split between the local community and a charity or cause of the runner’s choosing. This allows participants to not only contribute to the local community that will be welcoming them, but also to a cause close to their heart.

All fundraising is processed via Shauku Foundation, a new UK charitable initiative encouraging donors and fundraisers to reconnect with the causes they are passionate about, by removing admin costs, middlemen and paperwork, and helping people to fundraise for the exact issues and projects that matter to them, globally. There is also a non-fundraiser option for runners who merely wish to compete.

The event takes place over six days around the Equator in rural Uganda. Participants will stay in local accommodation with a host family, immersing themselves in the culture and practices of traditional village life. Three of the days will see athletes touring the local region, witnessing projects - including schools, orphanages and medical clinics - that the marathon has funded, with the opportunity to get their hands dirty and help with the building if they so wish.

The six day festival includes a children’s fun-run, a pasta party, a street carnival and various race themed events and parties that will be occurring every day during the week leading up to the marathon.

After the race, weary runners will get the opportunity to relax on safari or the beautiful beaches of the Ssesse Islands, before trekking with the mountain gorillas that live just hours away from the race itself, or white water rafting down from the source of the Nile. All additional activities are organised courtesy of Inspired Escapes, a philanthropic UK adventure company.

Operations on the ground, including disbursement of funds to charitable projects are handled by a local NGO, CHEDRA, who aim to eradicate HIV and causes of poverty and suffering in the region.

For more information, head over to Uganda International Marathon.