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[p]Last year, I spent a life-changing week in the town of Masaka, in Uganda, where I found out about the many, wonderful projects which the Uganda Foundation support. I got to meet the many people who benefit from their work, I worked with the project for whom we had fund-raised and I met people who have since become firm friends.[/p][p]This week, I should have been back there, in Masaka, back to meet up with friends I made last year; back to see how the projects we supported were getting on, to make new friends and support a different project. But sadly, the global Coronavirus pandemic has put paid to all that and now I have to wait for another year before I can go back.[/p][p]And here's the thing..... Uganda, like us, is currently in lock down to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. However, unlike here in the UK where Nightingale Hospitals were hurriedly set up, there are only 55 intensive care beds in the [i]entire country.[/i]Should the virus spread, the healthcare system will quickly become overwhelmed. [/p][p]To contain the spread, the Ugandan government has passed extremely strict laws on social distancing, curfews, the movement of people, and the closure of almost all businesses. Almost all vehicles are banned from the roads. Many Ugandans are now facing a long period of no income; [b][i]there is no welfare state to help them out in Masaka. People are facing starvation[/i] [/b]because the Ugandan economy is largely cash-based.[/p][p]The Uganda Marathon event has been postponed to May 2021, and their usual charitable activities suspended. Despite this, the UGM team out there, have continued to work tirelessly, focusing their activities on supporting the local community in Masaka; helping to provide food to eat and seeds so families can plant quick-growing crops in time to harvest before their money and food stores runs out; helping many of the people I met whilst out there last year, people who are my friends.[/p][p]So, instead of spending the past five months doing lots of crazy fund raising activities with the kids in school, and, instead of running a marathon in Uganda, I am simply going to run two half marathons, the first over the Bank Holiday weekend. My second will be on 30th May, when I will be joining the virtual run, along with the many other runners, who would also have been in Masaka with me, this year.[/p][p]I therefore only intend to fund raise for this one week, the week I should have been in Masaka. I have no specific target, I just ask that you give [i]what[/i] you can, [i]if[/i] you can. I know we are facing hardships in the UK, I know there are many charities asking for donations, but I have met these people and, whilst it is truly killing me inside, not to be in Uganda this week, starvation and a global pandemic are killing my friends out there. I want to do what I can to help them. [/p][p]Thank you for taking the time to read this x[/p][p][br][/p][p][br][/p]