KAMPALA – The long-awaited Diocesan Annual Youth Sports Camp was officially opened on Monday, September 2 at King’s College Budo by the Commissioner of Saccos Ministry of Health- Uganda Government.
The highly attended camp which attracted over 500 youth from 11 Parishes is guided by the theme “Sports a healthy activity for disease prevention”.
The theme is aimed at promoting the benefits of Sports for a healthy living. A number of health activities aimed at showing the youth the value of their lives such as health talks, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, blood pressure and diabetes check-up, blood donation etc are taking place.
The camp is highly competitive and competition is in football for both boys and girls, athletics, netball, volleyball and sports quiz. Leisure and fun games which are non-competitive such as draft, chess, Ludo, darts, basketball are also available for learning by the interested youth. So far 11 parishes are competing including Kasubi, Lutikko, Mwererwe, Kavumba, Kyebando, Bunamwaya, Masanafu, Luzira, Busega, Maganjo, and Bbira.
In his opening remarks, the Diocesan Youth Secretary Mr. Tefeero Lule thanked the Clergy and Lay Readers who have supported the Diocese to participate in this very important camp in big numbers which doesnot only focus on sports but also healthy of the youths.
He also appreciated the Minister of Health Dr. Ruth Aceng for the good working relationship which has birthed a Youth Health Promotion Program. Rev. Ssekitoleko of Masanafu who represented the Archdeacon of Nateete thanked the youth for embracing the camp in big numbers. He appealed to the youth to value their lives and live responsibly.
The Chief Guest Mr. Okware Joseph thanked the Church for promoting health among the youth through sports. He added that Namiremb e Diocese stands out among the religious institutions which embraced the Government Program of overcoming non- communicable diseases through promotion of physical activities among the population. He pledged total commitment on behalf of the ministry in promoting health among the Church congregation.