MTN Honors 50M Pledge Towards Papal Visit

As the country prepares for the visit of Pope Francis in November this year, drug prescription MTN Uganda committed to the financial pledge of 50 million Shillings for the expansion and re-development of Namugongo and Munyonyo Martyrs shrines.

This donation is among the pledges made last year during the fundraising effort in preparation of Pope Francis’ visit.

During the same time, ailment MTN Uganda was nominated to support the donations drive targeting 8 billion using Mobile Money as collection platform, activating the ‘Paapa 2015 campaign to raise revenue; 30 percent of which will go towards preparations for these initiatives.

“Customers will be required to subscribe for the service and download a caller-tune or download catholic songs and recitations as caller tunes. They will also be able to download Pope’s quotes, facts, daily prayers among other content from the MTN play portal,” Brian Gouldie MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer said.

“We are also running an SMS trivia where customers will answer to a quiz by send the keyword “Namugongo” or “POPE” to 6933 to enter and stand a chance to win phones every week. Out of these initiatives 30 percent of MTN’s revenue (after deduction of content provider costs and rewards to customers) from this campaign will go towards the redevelopment project for Namugongo and Munyonyo shrines,” he added.

The shrines, which area significant landmark to the global Catholic community are being developed to become a national tourism and heritage symbol and also to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and visitors each year.

The money donated by MTN Uganda will also facilitate the preparations for the Supreme Pontiff’s visit, which are already in full gear.

According to Gouldie, the gesture is part of MTN Uganda’s long tradition of giving back to communities and projects that contribute to the common good.

Gouldie said that supporting the Catholic community and Uganda’s efforts during the preparations for the Pope’s visit to Uganda represents the company’s brand ethos and values, of being ‘Better Together’.

“It’s because of this background that MTN is supporting the Catholic Church in its efforts to expand and develop Namugongo most especially as we prepare the visit of Pope Francis in November,” noted Gouldie.

“We are also playing an ambassadorial role to make sure we bring other partners to support this cause by creating a Mobile Money account where anyone, any Ugandan can donate money as low as 500 shillings to this cause,” he added.

The MTN CEO met with Archbishop Lwanga at Rubaga on Friday

The MTN CEO met with Archbishop Lwanga at Rubaga on Friday

A dummy cheque for the financial donation was received on Friday by His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga and presented by MTN Uganda’s chief executive Gouldie.

Archbishop Lwanga thanked the MTN CEO for contributing towards current efforts to expand the shrines.

Over 500 million has been donated by different stakeholders including government for the same cause.


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