Kabale — The Hashers, a cross border community association, has launched a new campaign aimed at promoting tourism and trade.
About 50 members of Kabale hashers group together with their 52 counterparts from Rwanda on Sunday launched the joint group to, among others, promote community tourism and healthy living.
The president of Rwanda-Kigali walkers group, Mr Jean Nyamuninga, together with his Ugandan counterpart, Mr Richard Shyaka, said the group shall help in enhancing cross border trade in the spirit of the East African Community.
"We opted to launch this joint hashers group that shall annually visit either country to promote community tourism and market the tourist attractions in both countries," Mr Shyaka said.
Mr Shyaka said the group was started 15 years ago with an objective of doing exercises and but later ventured into charity.
He said the group walks 48kms every week on Tuesdays and Thursday while doing exercises as they identify community needs that they can handle within their means.
"With the launch of this joint hashers group, we shall be able to promote the climbing of Mt Muhavura, boat riding on Lake Bunyonyi, mountain gorilla tracking in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks," Mr Shyaka said.
The launch started with a community walk around Lake Bunyonyi covering a distance of 14kms that was completed in two hours and later a get-together in Kabale Town.
Mr Nyamuninga said the Kigali group started in 1996 with a major objective of doing exercises but when their numbers grew, they started raising funds to help the needy.
"Our group has so far constructed two houses for genocide survivors. We have been raising funds to help the Burundian refugees that crossed into Rwanda after insecurity back home," he said.