Mutebile Launches 2013 Rotary Cancer Run


approved geneva;”>Rotarians in Uganda partnered with Centenary Bank and Crown Beverages Limited through its flagship brand Pepsi to organize the Run.

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This is to demonstrate their commitment to serving the community by raising funds for the construction of the second phase of the Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya.

The Ward will help to supplement the current limited facilities in the country, in prevention and treatment of cancers. The proposed 32-bed capacity ward is estimated to cost Shs 1.1 billion.

Chairman Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme, Mr. Stephen Mwanje thanked the partners for their support.

“What started as a dream is becoming reality. Cancer is one of the biggest health concerns in Uganda today and we are sure this ward will be a major milestone in the fight against it,” he said.

Beatrice Lugalambi, General Manager Development and Marketing Centenary Bank said that the construction of the Cancer Ward fits with the bank’s Bridging the Cancer Gap initiative which is in line with the bank’s mission of improving the quality of life of Ugandans.

“As an institution whose foundation sits on creating a better life for Ugandans, we are proud to contribute to improving the fight against Cancer,” she said, adding, “We are delighted to be part of this year’s Cancer Run because it’s a platform that offers many of our staff and customers to make their contribution to this cause.”

Centenary Bank has already contributed 30 percent (Shs 283m) of the total cost of the project and injected Shs48m towards the organization of other cancer awareness support activities that will be carried out over a period of three years.

This brings the bank’s total contribution into the project to Shs.331m.

Jeff Sekandi, Customer Marketing Manager Crown Beverages said, “Pepsi is committed to making this a reality through strong partnerships and initiatives such as these because they are in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility.”

Crown Beverages is contributing Shs 80 million that will be used for provision of running kits, refreshment for the participants in the Cancer Run, in addition to media and PR support for the event.

The 2013 Rotary Cancer Run is also partnering with the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) as part of its social responsibility programme.

USPA President, Mark Namanya, said, “Cancer’s dangers to all of us; friends, brothers and sisters, are well known and we hope this drive will lead to successful completion of the ward. USPA is part of campaigns to reduce road carnage and fighting malaria. It is thus a no-brainer for us to join hands to spread the word for the cancer battle.”

Registration for the run has started on Wednesday and costs Shs 10,000. The run will be held on August 25, 2013 at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala and is expected to attract at least 20,000 participants.

This will not be the first of its kind, the very first Rotary Cancer Run was held in 2012 which managed to raise over Shs 300 million.

These funds helped to complete phase 1 of the building which included the roofing. It is hoped that the 2013 edition will be able to raise enough funds for the internal finishes of the ward.


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