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Top 5 ideas for the office end of year celebration

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By Cynthia Tumwiine

The end of year frenzy is upon us, which means that preparations in most organizations are already in high gear. The Christmas trees are going up, lights have been set up, ornaments have been hung and budgets have been made with everyone in the company eager for an end of year celebration. After 365 days of hard work, it’s always nice to reward your team with a treat before everyone heads off to be with their families and friends for Christmas. Here are top 5
ideas of what you can do.

1. End of year party

This one is a classic plan for most organizations. The end of year Christmas party involves food, drinks, music and dancing and allows employees to interact freely and shake off the year’s stress. It also allows the administration to find out in a casual way how the year has been and what they can do to improve in the year to come. Please be warned about the one office drunk who never puts his glass down and the overly flirtatious individual who uses this as a chance to “mix and mingle”.

2. Work retreat

This is another idea that has become very popular in the last few years. Despite being expensive, if planned well a corporate retreat could be the perfect way to wind down the year. There are so many beautiful locations in Uganda and even Kampala itself where you can head to as an organization and get time away from the office to bond and destress from the year’s pressures.

3. Secret Santa

Secret santa is a new tradition that has been added to the list of things to do for end of year. Basically, it is a way to have everyone in the office reward one another. With secret santa, every employee picks a name that they have to buy a gift for without telling them.

4. Dinner Gala

This is another classic. A simple dinner always works to get everyone in the company together and to make it more special a band or comedian or musician could be hired. It may be less costly than a retreat and is much easier to organize once you have the venue sorted out.

5. Talent show

This a creative and fun way to close off the year. Being in work mode from January to December with no play is bound to get exhausting, so allowing people to show off their talents is a nice way too show off different ides of people within the work space. The talent show could have play showcases, fashion show and singing/karaoke competitions to mention but a few.

Meanwhile, Jumia Travel is currently working around the clock to make it less stressful to figure out what companies should do to close off the year. So if you need a venue for a Christmas party or dinner do not hesitate. It also has some great corporate packages which make it more affordable to accommodate a team of 5 or more.

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The writer is the Public Relations Manager Jumia Food and Travel Uganda.

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NSSF launches week-long donation drive, expected to collect 6,000 units of blood.

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Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services addresses media during the launch of the  NSSF blood donation drive held at Mulago Hospital on Monday. Looking on is NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba.

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services addresses media during the launch of the NSSF blood donation drive held at Mulago Hospital on Monday. Looking on is NSSF Managing Director Richard Byarugaba.

The National Social Security Fund (NSSF)’s annual countrywide blood donation drive is expected to add over 6,000 units of blood to the National Blood Bank, Managing Director Richard Byarugaba announced at the launch of the week long drive at Mulago Hospital in Kampala.

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The drive, which kicked off on Monday, January 14, 2019 is aimed at boosting blood collection across the country. It is being undertaken in partnership with the Uganda Blood Transfusion Services (UBTS) under the Ministry of Health and the Uganda Red Cross Society.

Byarugaba, an avid blood donor himself, said that the Fund owes it to its members to contribute to meaningful social causes that affect them diversely. A potential blood shortage he said, affects everyone indiscriminately regardless of stature and standing in society. “We are one of the organisations that has a footprint across the country or whose business affects a wider population. We are passionate about the communities we serve and believe a healthy community is critical for the fulfilment of our mandate. That is why we are committing resources and our office spaces this week as donation collection points” said Byarugaba.

Under the theme “Stand Up for Life”, the donation drive will take place at the Constitutional Square in Kampala, Workers House, Clock Tower, Mukwano Arcade and Owino Market, Kalerwe, Bwaise, Mukono, and Entebbe.

Upcountry, the donation drive will be held at NSSF Branch Offices offices in Mbale, Mbarara, Gulu, Arua, Fort Portal, Jinja, Mukono, Kabale and Masaka as well as other high traffic areas in major towns.

Dr. Dorothy Kyeyune Byabazaire, the Director Uganda Blood Transfusion Services commended NSSF in championing this cause, saying that whereas as UBTS they is mandated to collect 1,200 units of blood daily to meet the country’s demand, they are only able to collect under 800 units due to various challenges that range from access to funding and other logistics.

“Many of our international partners are cutting back their support which has left the National Blood Bank with challenges. We therefore have to start looking within the country for partners. We appreciate organisations such as NSSF that have come in to fill this void. We hope other organisations and individuals can emulate this gesture,” Dr Kyeyune said.

To qualify as a blood donor, someone has to be above the age of 17 years, weigh more than 45kg, and is in good health.

Statistics from World Health Organisation (WHO) indicate that Uganda has an annual demand of about 340,000 units of blood but falls short by over 100,000 units. Last year, only 240,000 units were collected against a targeted 340,000 units in Uganda. This year, the Uganda Blood Bank is aiming to collect 300,000 units of blood.

Robert Kwesiga, the Secretary General Uganda Red Cross Society said; “Uganda Red Cross through the MOH has the mandate of mobilising Voluntary blood donors in Uganda. We appreciate corporate entities like NSSF that come one board to complement our efforts through mobilising customers and their stakeholders to appreciate such a humanitarian cause. Donating blood saves lives and is voluntary. We therefore appreciate the spirit behind this and pray that this grows beyond the one week blood drive to something bigger which we can do every other year”.

“Uganda Red Cross has a blood donor recruitment Strategy where we preach to the converted first (our volunteers and members) to donate and live by example. From there, other people join and appreciate the worth of life. With that, we stop relying on students and young people whom we always target while in schools. Our branch network across the country is well positioned and volunteers in communities do this very well as part of our community activities”.

“I want to call upon all people who fall under the age bracket of blood donors, and are in good health to heed to the call and see that we deal with blood shortages and save lives of vulnerable people who require blood transfusions. We are able and can meet the country blood targets, we just have to work hard and improve public perceptions and attitude towards donating blood,” he added.

Among the other Corporate Social Responsibility activities NSSF engages are a charity run that benefits disadvantaged public primary schools in Kampala, a Career expo to prepare university students to join the workforce, annual donations to support hospitals and financial literacy programmes.

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PHANEROO’S HISTORICAL NEW YEAR CROSS OVER SERVICE

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It is a great thing to cross the New Year in Prayer.

It was intense prayer, praise, dance and the glorious power of the Word of God as Phaneroo ushered in the New Year. The event graced by thousands of attendants was held at the KCCA Grounds Lugogo.

Forty five districts in Uganda were represented at the service. Christians from several nations such as Southern Sudan, South Africa, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, United Kingdom and the United States of America were also in attendance.

The power packed service was also graced by a number of Christian artists who ministered to the eager congregants. These included Kajambiya, Ivan TIT, Javie Bwesige, Kay Williams and Holy Ken Amooti.

Apostle Grace Lubega, the Vision Bearer of Phaneroo Ministries International informed the congregants that 2019 is the year of Faith.

“Believe God this year.” He said, “This year, choose to become a crazy believer. Faith can never be wrong. Grace is given to the man of faith.”

He cautioned his listeners not to set their eyes and thoughts on the realities of the physical realm but to look to Christ and to believe.

Testimonies of the great power of God manifested through the last year were shared by several believers.

Victor from Kenya, testified in an emotional account of how he had been under a serious drug addiction but a chance meeting with the man of God, Apostle Grace delivered him for good.

Deborah Makumbi from the United Kingdom joyfully narrated how a malignant tumour in her brain disappeared because she constantly listened to the Word as preached by the ministry and chose to believe against all odds.

At this great historical gathering, many were healed and delivered while hundreds gave their lives to Christ.

Phaneroo continues to shape the destinies of thousands, setting a pattern of greatness, drawing countless people into intimate relationship with the Most High God and pioneering a generation of distinctive believers who are sold out to the cause of the gospel.

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Prophet Brian Kagyezi raises over 50million shs in Christmas food donations to give 1000 families

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Prophet Brian Kagyezi and Pneuma Word Ministries have raised 50 million Uganda shs worth in Christmas food donations to give to 1000 needy families this Sunday.

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The generous gesture is in the spirit of the ministry’s season of celebration as it marks its first anniversary since being launched by Major One Prophet Shepherd Bushiri who is the spiritual father to Prophet Brian Kagyezi.

According to the Head of Public Relations Pneuma Word Ministries Victor Anecho says, the charity cause is aimed to share the joy of the festive season but also give back to the community our neighboring communities and this we will be doing irrespective of age and religious backgrounds.

We spoke to the vision bearer of Pneuma Word Ministries Prophet Brian Kagyezi who said, “ I have learnt the heart of sharing and giving from my spiritual father Major ONE whom I know as one of the biggest givers to humanitarian support.

Mr. Anecho says, the event has largely been organized by members of the church and well-wishers of the ministry who have been contributed generously to bless families in need so as to enjoy their Christmas.

The event will be starting at 8am and will be hosting 1000 families from 9 zones of Kulambiro, Walufumbe, Nazareth, Kisaasi, Tuuba, Kondongolo, Kasana, Kyanja central, Katumba.

We are inviting any well-wishers to join us in the anniversary celebration season this Sunday as we share the love of Christ.

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