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Smack Old Boys League shines spot on children with special needs

Celebrations after winning the league

Celebrations after winning the league

On Sunday, Legends Rugby grounds witnessed a spectacular day as the SMACK League’s 2023 edition concluded. This being the final match day of the Zimbaz (Class of 2001–2006), they were in charge.

From the football pitch to an afterparty, the Zimbaz truly showed that they know how to throw a party, as Afrigo band and Eddy Yawe, Ragga Dee, dancehall singer Ava Peace all lit up the occasion. However, beyond the comedy, tunes and festivities, the Zimbaz also demonstrated their commitment to supporting children with special needs.

“We have an autism awareness campaign going on currently where we are raising funds through the sale of T-shirts and eco-friendly shopping bags. Our awareness campaign is meant to not only create awareness but also end stigma around autism,” Joseph Kasule, the chairman of Zimbaz, said.

Awareness about autism just like other special-needs matters is viewed by the Kisubi Old Boys to be a serious issue particularly because of the discrimination people with the condition are subjected to. Hilary Baguma, a Zimbaz and former chief marketing officer of the Smack League, said the society is quite harsh to children or people with special needs, largely because of ignorance.

He said they are fundraising to support organizations such as Kwanza Autism and Advancing Autism Family Support Organization, to care for children with autism.

Furthermore, as the Smack league season 2023 concluded over the weekend, the alumni were able to raise Shs 4 million of the Shs 10 million that is dedicated to providing physiotherapy to special-needs children generally, that an organization known as Up-right Health Agenda caters for in the country.

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