In the past month we’ve been lucky to receive two packages of equipment via good people that were coming to Uganda and made room in their suitcases. Big thanks to Mr.Larry from Sydney, Australia and Ms. Ally from Abbostford, Canada for making space! And big thanks to the Charters in Sydney who donated the goods Mr.Larry carried, and Paul’s Boutique and The Fabulous Terrors in Vancouver for the goods that Ms.Ally carried. The goods came at a vital point, bearings and kingpins had been breaking, decks getting old. We put on one of the new habitat decks today and it was well received. Thanks!
We are happy to say that through the help of some good people in Australia and Dunlop we received 19 pairs of ‘volleys’ two weeks ago. The shoes have made a big difference and it was super cool to see some of our ‘flip-flop’ skaters make the transition to canvas and laces. All the kids were stoked.
Special thanks go to those in Australia that made it happen; Dunlop, Axel Moline, and Emily Pero. Also a big thank you to The Real Uganda, a local NGO which was good enough to receive the goods on our behalf. The directors of The Real Uganda have been a serious source of support and advice for us here. Check them out at http://www.therealuganda.com
Our apologies for the long delay in posting any news. February’s big news is regarding our NGO registration status.It has been five months of running around and dealing with bureaucracy, but last week the Secretary for the NGO board accepted our application for registration. This is a big step for us and for the development of skateboarding in Uganda.
A great deal of recognition has to be given to Jackson Mubiru, Chairperson of our organisation, who has voluntarily been on the move for the last five months, it hasn’t been an easy process but he has stayed dedicated and not given up.
The news comes somewhat bittersweet though as we have been told it will take a further two months to receive our certificate of registration which is necessary to receive tax exemption on donations. We are trying to talk to the relevant authorities to see if they can speed this process up.
To all that have been wanting to send us things, we are sorry for the delay, especially to those who have been offering us support since the fall of last year. It’s hard to keep asking you to wait, but please keep up the faith and know we are doing our best to set things up properly.