By Our Reporter
The 10th edition of the Rotary Cancer Run has been launched.
Speaking during the press launch in Muyenga, the Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje expressed Rotary’s gratitude for the awe-inspiring support from Ugandans and people from all over the world over for running virtually.
“Like last year, the 2021 edition will be virtual. We continue to receive support from the diaspora, attracting some of the world’s greatest commendations for this Virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2021. Even more important is the fact that this year is a celebration of 10 years of consistently delivering this event.” Mwanje noted.
In his remarks at the pre-run engagement, Fabian Kasi, the Managing Director Centenary Bank said that, “Centenary Bank has been part of the Rotary Cancer Run for 10 years, contributing close to Ushs.900m in the period. In spite of the limiting circumstances, as a bank, we have contributed Ushs. 50 million this year, on top of availing digital channels through which contributions will be remitted this time around.”
Since its initiation, the Rotary Cancer Run has attracted over 50,000 participants annually from Uganda, and the diaspora who have supported either through direct donations, charity drives, or by attending the run to raise funds to set up facilities for Cancer treatment in Uganda.
In total, over Ushs. 2.5 billion net has been raised and many other forms of support in kind rendered to facilitate the fight against cancer in Uganda.
According to Mwanje, this year’s collections will be directed towards the construction of two bunkers at Nsambya Hospital that will be housing the 2 cancer testing and treatment machines.
“Given the impact of Cancer on our countrymen and the region, the bigger picture for Rotary is that, upon completion of the setup of the cancer testing and treatment center in Kampala, we will continue to work with other players in this fight and reduce the cancer burden affecting our people. In addition to building of bunkers, we are also focusing on training of the medical staff to improve on their skills in cancer treatment.” Mwanje concluded.
The 10th edition of the annual Rotary Cancer Run shall be held virtually on August 29th with kits going for Ugx.25,000/-.
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