Namagunga Students Give Rotary Cancer Run a Shs 2.8M Boost

Students of St. Mary's College Namagunga pose for a photo after receive running kits (vests) from Rotarian Godfrey Kayitarama at the school campus on Wednesday

Students of St. Mary’s College Namagunga have joined this year’s Rotary Cancer run with a cash support of Ugshs 2.8 million in a bid to raise awareness and fight the scourge.

On Wednesday, remedy the 140 students received their running kits from Rotary Club’s Godfrey Kayitarama and will be participating in the run this Sunday.

“We come as an institution to support the fight against cancer and cause a change in the society. A number of 140 students will be running along with some teachers. Some students have been sponsored by the staff, link ” said Kisitu Daniel a Rotaractor and teacher at St. Mary’s College Namagunga.

He says that students have always contributed to fighting cancer through clubs like ‘House of Hope’ whose objective is raising awareness on cancer as well as Interact Club.

“Many people are dying of cancer and the only way we can save them is raising funds through such runs. I talked to the patron of the Cancer Club about students participating in the run and she agreed to the idea after which I mobilized my fellow students and many were willing,” Tiffany Maria Uwimana who came up with the idea told Chimpreports.

She says she and her fellow students will be running 10 kilometers on Sunday.

Faith Lyomoki a Senior Five student and President of the Cancer Club said; “I’m so excited about running. It’s my first time to do this and I hope that by doing this I help people suffering from cancer.”

The 5th Rotary Cancer run seeks to raise funds to buy a linear accelerator machine for the Rotary cancer ward at Nsambya Hospital.

Rotarian Godfrey Kayitarama who is coordinating upcountry clubs told Chimpreports that the machine helps kill cells that cause cancer.

On why Rotary runs focus on cancer, Kayitarama said: “As Rotary, we have realized that cancer is something we live with and it has claimed many lives including fellow Rotarians, journalists, celebrities among others. Cancer has no cure but the fact is – most people suffer it due to lack of awareness. The cancer runs seeks to raise awareness and to emphasize the importance of early diagnosis.”

As opposed to the previous editions, this year’s run will be held in 16 other districts outside Kampala.

Among them Soroti, Mbarara, Kabale, Jinja, Tororo, Lira, Busia, Arua, Kanungu and Entebbe. Participants will run 20, 10 and 5 kilometers.

Buganda kingdom’s Prince Daudi Kintu Wasajja will flag off Sunday’s run from Kololo Independence grounds in Kampala as the chief runner.


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