The weekend of the 9th-10th March 2019 was a busy one for the Rotary Fraternity in Uganda, and yet, with a plethora of activities going on, one very specific one managed to grab, for the duration of its course, the attention of social media aficionados, trending in all manner of ways. That was The Rotaract Boot Camp powered by RYLA.
Thematically stylized as ‘Embrace the entrepreneur in you’, this boot camp was a truly intense and powerful mindshare experience, bespoke for the Rotaractors in attendance, with workshops and sessions run by industry strongholds including; Mr John Rogers Lubowa: Proprietor, Jones Mobile Catering Services on ‘The Entrepreneur in me’ Mrs Tilda Nabbanja Turyagyenda: Head Financial Literacy, Bank of Uganda on ‘Personal Finance’ Mr Ronald Mulindwa: Partner, Mading-Mulindwa Advocates on ‘Legal Perspective in business’ Mr Francis Egbuson: Co-founder, CEMM on ‘Project planning and management’ Ms Diana Komukama: Marketing Manager Corporate and Business, KCB on ‘Personal branding’ Mr Roy Gakuo: Founder, Imuka Access on ‘Financial literacy for business’ Mr Edgar Nsereko: Founder, Jjengo Tech on ‘A guide to impactful service projects’ Mr John Ssenkeezi: Digital Marketing and Strategic Alliances Manager, Airtel on ‘Relevance of Digital media for business’ Ms Doris Mitti Kimuli: Communications Consultant, CELA on Effective ‘Communication and etiquette’ One could not help but marvel at the synergy in messaging created by the various speakers as though pre-planned.
Each session drew inspiration from the previous effectively fortifying the theme and underpinning the interdependencies of all these topics of address in the minds of the participants.
Held at the Nile Hotel Jinja, a tier 1 sponsor of the event, and with the support of the Rotary Clubs of Jinja and Njeru, participants were treated to sumptuous meals and comfortable abode in a bucolic part of Jinja.
There were, in attendance over 210 participants hosted and accommodated for the duration. Additionally, in the true spirit of Rotary, and in support of the ongoing ‘One drop of blood initiative’, everyone had the opportunity to donate to save a life with the collection team ready at hand. Day one ended with a ‘Dashiki’ theme night that saw all participants turned up and looking Afri-chic. The night, featuring music by Cuffie Sounds culminated in a bridge walk taken by the Rotaractors.
The event, organised by the Rotary District 9211 Youth Services Team was an excellent miscellany of mindshare experience, self-assessment, self-discovery and of course, fun!