The rolling hills of Egerton University’s campus in the Rift Valley region came alive on September, 22nd with the vibrant spirit of inclusivity and talent. The occasion? The Uhai Festival Rift Valley Circuit, a grand event organized by Signs Media Kenya, sponsored by NHIF and ChickenInn. This festival was a celebration of the abilities and strengths of Persons with Disabilities(PWDs), proving that talent knows no bounds.
A Vision of Inclusivity
The driving force behind this remarkable gathering was Signs Media Kenya’s Director, Jared Getanda. With a vision to promote inclusivity and celebrate the diverse talents of the community, he orchestrated an event that left a lasting impact.
Handing Over the Baton
The event began with Jared Getanda addressing the audience, highlighting the importance of unity and showcasing the extraordinary abilities of PWDs. In a symbolic gesture of partnership, he handed over the event to the Dean of Students at Egerton University, Japhet Muthamia. This transition signified the coming together of the university and the festival in a shared commitment to inclusivity.
Showcasing Remarkable Talents
As the day unfolded, Egerton University’s campus became a hub of activity. The Uhai Festival Rift Valley Circuit featured a wide array of activities, each more captivating than the last.
Sportsmanship at Its Best
Sitting Volleyball, Deaf Volleyball and CP Football displayed fierce competition and camaraderie. The athletes demonstrated their prowess, proving that determination and skill are not confined by disabilities.
On the Track and Field
Athletics showcased speed, agility, and determination as runners took to the track. The cheering crowd witnessed record-breaking performances that left everyone in awe.
Indoor games were also part of the extravaganza. Table Tennis, Badminton, and Handball displayed precision and finesse, demonstrating that dedication to one’s craft knows no boundaries.
Intellectual sports like Chess, Scrabble, and Darts saw players strategizing and competing at the highest level, showcasing their intellectual prowess.
Celebrating Culture and Creativity
The festivities weren’t limited to sports alone. Tag of War competitions had the audience in stitches, while poetic performances and dazzling dances added a cultural and artistic dimension to the event.
Inclusivity as a Unifying Force
The Uhai Festival Rift Valley Circuit wasn’t just about showcasing talent; it was a testament to the power of unity and inclusivity. It proved that when people come together to celebrate diversity, they create an environment where everyone can thrive.
A Lasting Message
“Leaving no one behind” was the powerful message that resonated throughout the festival and continues to echo in the hearts of all who attended. The Uhai Festival Rift Valley Circuit was more than just an event; it was a transformative experience that left an indelible mark, reminding us all of the extraordinary abilities that exist within every individual, regardless of their background or abilities.
In a world that often focuses on differences, the Uhai Festival served as a beacon of hope, reminding us that our shared humanity and talents unite us all. As the sun set on that memorable day, it left behind a legacy of inclusivity, unity, and a commitment to celebrating the remarkable abilities within our diverse community.