The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports Janet Kataaha Museveni has applauded the contribution of the late Irene Gleeson, an Australian to the people of Northern Uganda.
In her message read by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Jacob Oulanya during the Irene Gleeson Charity Walk in Kitgum on Saturday, the First Lady said the late who came to Uganda in 1988 was a symbol of love to the people of Northern Uganda.
“Her contribution was tremendous and because of her heart and sacrifice, many underprivileged children managed to access education, medication and food that transformed their lives,” the education minister said.
She urged the public to put much emphasis on education for the youngsters who are the country’s next generation. The first lady donated shs.10 million towards the Irene Gleeson foundation. The chief walker, Mr.Bruce Mpamizo, the Director Sales and Marketing at Movit Products Limited donated goodies worth Shs10 million to patients at Kitgum general hospital, St.Joseph Hospital and Kitgum government prison as part of the events to climax the charity walk.
The Australian born Irene Gleeson first came to Uganda in 1988 as a tourist before returning later to give support to children affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency through her Irene Gleeson Foundation. She passed on in 2013 at the age of 67.
Irene Gleeson charity walk was also attended by the State Minister for Foreign Affairs Henry Okello Oryem and Richard Todwong,the NRM Deputy Secretary General among other dignitaries.