Kampala, Uganda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 18/03/2020

The Board and management of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators (AUTO), announced at a meeting convened in Kampala following hours of thoughtful deliberations.

KAMPALA (March 18, 2020) – The activities planned for the Murchison Fun Run, scheduled for Sunday 22nd March 2020 in Kampala, have been canceled and postponed to a later date to be communicated in due course.

Our decision to postpone the activities has been premised on the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that is rapidly evolving and has affected many countries around the world.

We would like to thank the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Health, for their advice, recommendations and guidelines for carrying out safe mass gatherings.

We thank all our partners and sponsors for their continued support and commitment towards this event.

We would like to also thank all participants who had already purchased their running kits and inform them that they will still be valid when the new date is communicated.

The safety of all participants is our utmost priority and we do this in solidarity with the victims that have suffered the worst effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

We will continue to monitor the situation and hold consultations about the best date in the future to hold a successful event.

Uganda remains free of the coronavirus and we stand with all our friends around the world with great hope that the situation will subside very soon.

Finally, we call upon you to continue following the basic precautionary measures put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health to minimize the infection and spread of the virus.

About the Murchison Fun Run:

The Murchison Fun Run is a fun-packed corporate and family event that seeks to draw people from all walks of life towards the knowledge of the unique importance of Uganda’s tourism sector. The run is held in celebration of Uganda’s tourism industry with a key spotlight on Murchison Falls National Park, a protected area named after the mighty centerpiece that is Murchison Falls, the most powerful point on the world’s longest river, the Nile. Participants in the Murchison Fun Run can purchase running kits at a fee of UGX 20,000 per person or UGX 1.5 million for corporate companies. Proceeds from the run will go towards: “Creating alternative sustainable revenue sources for vulnerable communities living around Murchison Falls National Park”.

For more information, please contact:

Jonathan A. Benaiah | PR & Membership Services Officer | +256 702 542 599 | admin@ugandatouroperators.org