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Help to arrange and document the African Ice Swimming Championships, and Painting The City Bright in Jinja, UGANDA.
Filip Burman
2 Team Members


Jinja has so much to offer and best of all is the people of Jinja whom make others feel happy, just by being around them. This is the best medicine to heal the heart and spirit of most people on this planet. The Mayor of Jinja asked Big Steve to come and help him show of his city to the rest of the world and this is our story.

We decided that the best way to create awareness of Jinja was to do something that everyone in Jinja could be involved in. The Center piece of this campaign is that everyone would feel welcome and free to take part, or be a part of history happening right on their own door step. The idea developed is open to the entire community, Painting The City Bright. This would make Jinja the ‘most colourful city in Africa’ and by taking part, would be something that residents of Jinja could feel proud to be part of.


Why are we doing this?

This campaign is very important to us, Jinja And UGANDA has been known for a lot of negatives over several years. We all know that every country and City has their negatives, but they also have their Positive. So we made a promise to help the Mayor of Jinja and the people of Uganda to reach out to the world and show that Jinja has a lot to offer and that the People on Jinja are the happiest people in the world. It's time to put Jinja back on the map, and on the right road to success.

We are all volunteers working on this project, the money we are asking for all goes to covering expenses to bring the team of 12 to the equator. And to help out with all the expenses these 3 BIG events will cost.

Ice Dip At press Conference in Jinja

The Events Happening in MAY.

May 4 2013 – Big Hearts Create Big Smiles #bhcbs2013

The program begins with a relay from Jinja to Northern Sweden, where glass bottles shaped like Uganda’s delicious Nile Perch fish and like hippos, will be filled with water from the source of the Nile and then carried, on and adjacent to the Nile, over the Mediterranean and Europe, ending up in Skellefteå in Northen Sweden.

During the trip, there will be a variety of cultural events with music and dance from Jinja. By 2014, the glass bottles are expected to have reached Northern Sweden and will be given to Mayors of various municipalities.

This will be a great opportunity to sell Jinja’s potential because its at that time that the city of Umeå in Västerbotten county in Sweden would have taken over as the European Capital of Culture.


11 May 2013 – African Ice Swimming Championships

History will be written in Jinja, when The First African Ice Swimming Championship is staged, an event that officials of Jinja Municipal Council have said will be like bringing the polar circle to the equator. Jinja residents have been inspired to undertake this from the city of Skellefteå in Northern Sweden, where, for the last two years both The Swedish and Scandinavian championship in winter swimming were held.

The water temperature in the swimming pool will be lowered to about 10 ° C, a rare phenomenon at the equator, for the championship to take place. Both individual races and relays are on the program.


17-18 May 2013 – Painting the city bright #ptcb2013

Thousands of people will paint 66 houses on Main Street in cheerful colors. Here, men and women, boys and girls will go out on the street and grabs brushes to brighten their city. On painting day there will even be a carnival on the Main Street with lots of musicians, dancers and other types of artists including world class reggae artists

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This Campaing was created by Knights of the North AB and BIG STEVE FROM ENGLAND

Painting The CIty Bright has received assistance with crowdfunding advice & marketing through the Innovative Distribution Program run by FanDependent.

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  • $5USD
    Jinja needs Paint

    YOU will contribute towards a liter of paint, the paint costs around 10 dollars so you know you will have contributed 50% towards this cost, also YOUR name will be placed on the hall of fame webpage. Showing that you are a hero in the eyes of the children and people of Jinja.

    12 claimed
  • $10USD
    Get your name in Colors

    Get YOUR name in Color, we will place your name not only on the web site's hall of fame, but also on the hall of fame banner wall at the Painting the City Bright Carnival, on MAY the 17-18th. YOU will be able to see your name on photographs displayed on our website from pictures of the carnival and Painting The City Bright.

    21 claimed
  • $25USD
    Get a BIG STEVE iMask

    YOU will get a BIG STEVE iMask including a personal signed photo from BIG STEVE, being on the hall of fame website. Not forgetting the hall of fame banner wall which will be on display all through the Painting the city bright Carnival, the 17-18th of MAY in Jinja.

    9 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD
    Signed Certificate By Mayor

    Your name in Color on a Certificate, signed by the Mayor of Jinja thanking you on behalf of the people of Jinja. For playing an honorable key part of making this event, a historical moment in the life and positive growth, of a town that became a city. With your help and backing. Now thats something to tell the grand kids hey!

    24 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100USD
    Personal video message

    BIG STEVE will film on his very own personal phone, a short video message for you or a loved one of your choice, it can be funny, serious, cool, memorable, message that you have come up with all on your own. With him saying precious words of distinct happiness and joy. BIG STEVE only speaks low level English, he has been known to stutter, this we can't pradict, it just may happen on your video message, but be assured we will start again and make sure you get a beauty.

    6 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $250USD
    Spa and relax with BIG STEVE

    HOT! Sauna, (well not to hot, BIG STEVE can't handle to much heat or cold). BIG STEVE. Hot tub and relax day .In his local Gym. Where they have a splendid relaxation area. All amenities, to make you feel at home. There's even the chance of watching something fun on the flat screen Tv's, football, icehockey or Toy story 3. We might link up youtube and show some of BIG STEVE'S mishaps while he explains to you what actually happened. (Also the lovely one and only 75$ pledge personal video message.)

    2 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $500USD
    Your name on a wall in UGANDA

    BIG STEVE painting your name on a brick, which will stay on that wall permanently for many years to come. You will have a photo sent to you (of your addopted brick, feel free to name it as you like). Aswell as this other great limited addition items, an event T-shirt, your name in Color on a Certificate signed by the Mayor of Jinja on behalf of the city, and of course YOU will get your life saving iMask and personal signed photo from BIG STEVE.

    1 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $1,000USD
    Be in a BIG STEVE Video

    Be in a Video with BIG STEVE. Yes you will be welcomed to join one of our many film shoots, performed several times a month and it is a performance let us tell you, we even have to get BIG STEVE up in the morning, bringing him his corn flakes & protein shake on toast. Its hard work brushing his teeth for him, its a heavy tooth brush. This could be your exciting start to the day, see how a real viking warrior gets going in the cold north of Sweden. Oh yeah! included iMask T-shirt & signed

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    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $5,000USD
    Create a video for you

    We will come to your town with in the next 3-5 months, we will film you and your friends or family, team mates or work colleges, you will get 10 T-shirts + both hall of fame for all people in the video up to 10 people. 10 iMask and 10 signed photo. You know what! We will even do a Skype call with you and thank you as we sit and plan some ideas of what you want to film. (Travel costs only up to 1000$)

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  • $5,000USD
    A house Dedicated To you

    WHAT DID WE SAY! A building Painted in your name, your choice of colors? Yes! We will put a placard on the wall, stating this building was painted and commissioned by YOU, the sole sponsor of this building. To make sure you get all the credit, fame and attention from this huge commitment, you have shown the people of Jinja. The Mayor himself will call you and explain what it means to him and the people of Jinja. (You will also get the 100$ pledge personal video message.)

    2 claimed
  • $15,000USD
    Be a VIP guest in JINJA

    An honary friend of Jinja, VIP to all the events, flight and hotel paid for. Be in one of our YouTube videos filmed in Jinja. Have exclusive photos of the events and behind the scenes. A building Painted in your name, your choice of colors. We will put a placard on the wall, stating this building was painted and commissioned in your name. You will be thanked personally by the Mayor of Jinja and be handed an exclusive BIG HEARTS CREATE BIG SMILES Symbolic presentation Souvenir.

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