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Thousands participate in first ever Virtual Rotary Cancer Run

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Golola Moses participates in the Rotary Cancer Run

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga has commended the Rotarians for their efforts in fighting cancer. The parliamentary speaker was speaking during the annual Rotary Cancer Run which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

“The Rotary Cancer Run is one of those initiatives that very effectively demonstrate what can be achieved when the Public and the Private sector get together to address the challenges we have in our country,” she said.

“Cancer is not selective. Every man, woman and child has a risk factor, a risk we have to manage through our lifestyle choices and through the opportunity to test early. We are told that there are over 30,000 patients in Uganda that need need cancer treatment and care and thousands more we may not know about,” Hon Kadaga added.

The event, which was kick started by aerobics in the morning, had the participants run from the comfort of their homes and communities while watching the proceedings on the Uganda Rotary Cancer program website, the Rotary Cancer Run and Centenary Bank online pages. It was also telecast live on BBS Terefayina.

Speaking during a post-run virtual participant engagement 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.

He said that, “Unlike other years, this year has seen us get overwhelming support from not only Uganda, but world over. We have recorded much more support from the diaspora compared to last year, attracting some of the world’s greatest commendations for this Virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.”

This year’s Rotary Cancer Run attracted global endorsements from renowned athletes like Tyson Gay, Bryan Habana, and Yohan Blake whose messages emphasized the importance of exercising, staying fit and eating healthy in the fight against cancer. Among other endorsements were those from people in Canada, Egypt, Djibouti, Kenya, and Ethiopia.

“The collections being made this year are directed towards the construction of two bunkers at Nsambya Hospital that will be housing the 2 cancer testing and treatment machines we hope to import in the near future,” Mwanje emphasized, adding that, “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 then move to four upcountry locations where we will setup 4 other state of the art Centers.”

In his remarks at the post-run engagement, Fabian Kasi, the Managing Director Centenary Bank said that, “Centenary Bank has been part of the Rotary Cancer Run for nine years, contributing close to Ushs700m in the period. In spite of the limiting circumstances, as a bank, we have contributed Ushs, 100 million this year, on top of availing digital channels through which contributions were remitted this time around.”

Kasi added that, “In as much as this year’s run has come to an end, you are encouraged to continue in the spirit of contributing and offering support to the construction of the bunkers. We must acknowledge that the fight against cancer is not over, and very many people still require our help to fight this disease. I therefore appeal to everyone here not to grow weary in this fight against cancer, but to keep hope and soldier on. Let us encourage all our friends, colleagues and families to keep participating and contributing toward this good cause.”

According to the 2018 Globocan statistics on cancer, compiled by the World Health Organisation, 32,617 new cancer cases were recorded in Uganda. Of these, 18,068 were female while 14,569 were male. The number of cancer deaths stood at 21,829 of which 11,819 were female and 10,010 male.

The trends also observed at the Uganda Cancer Institute indicate that almost 80 per cent of patients present the disease in advanced stages, hence limited interventions to prolong survival, an indication that the level of knowledge in the public and their perception of cancer, its symptoms, where to access treatment, and the care by the general practitioners is still low.

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.

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Football lovers will soon have so much action to look forward to as the English Premier League returns this weekend.

The 2020-21 season’s curtain-raising fixture will see Premier League champions Liverpool take on FA Cup winners Arsenal in the FA Community Shield at Wembley this Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side who are playing in the fixture as champions for the first time in 30 years will be hoping to overcome the Gunners who secured their place in the fixture after  defeating Chelsea to clinch their 14th FA Cup.

The FA Community Shield, being held for the 98th time,  is English football’s annual match held between the champions of the previous Premier League season and the holders of the FA Cup.

Arsenal and Liverpool have each won 15 wins in the competition, coming second to Manchester United who have lifted the Shield on 21 occasions. The two clubs will  each be hoping to get the better of the other on Saturday as both play in their 24th Community Shield.

The game will be live on all DStv Packages at 6:30PM. Channels SS3, and SS10.

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Buganda Katikkiro to participate in the 2020 Virtual Rotary Cancer Run

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Buganda Katikkiro, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming virtual Rotary Cancer Run

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With just days to the 2020 virtual Rotary Cancer Run, Buganda Katikkiro, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, has confirmed his participation in the upcoming virtual Rotary Cancer Run that is to be held on the 30th of August 2020.

The Cancer run has for the past 9 years attracted over 50,000 thousand participants from Uganda and the diaspora, who have joined effort towards fighting the Cancer scourge through the proceeds from the Rotary Cancer Run marathon and the charity drives.

During a press engagement at Bulange in Mengo, the Prime Minister, Buganda Kingdom, Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga, revealed that, “It is reassuring to see the organizers and partners of the Rotary Cancer Run keeping their goal of fighting cancer alive, despite the tides that have come with COVID-19 and I therefore hereby confirm my participation in this year’s virtual run, thanks to their relentlessness and drive exhibited.”

He explained that, “Fighting cancer is not just about buying machines and building bunkers, it embodies a number of aspects including exercising and nutrition, which lifestyles are pivotal in preventing Cancer,” adding that, “this program is beyond what meets the eye, and it is at this point that I call upon fellow Ugandans to participate in the forthcoming virtual Rotary Cancer Run this Sunday.”

In relation to the unprecedented times, organizers of the annual Rotary Cancer Run marathon have opted for a virtual run in observation of the Ministry of Health standard operating procedures in curbing the spread of the corona virus.

According to Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme, the virtual Rotary Cancer Run will be streamed live on Rotary Uganda official Facebook page and also broadcast on BBS Telefayina to enable participants to join in from the comfort of their homes or communities.

“Participants can use their vests from the previous years, and they can go ahead to post a picture or video on their social media platforms with the hashtag #RotaryCancerRun2020, dedicating it to a friend, or loved one and inviting them.” He noted.

While giving her remarks, Beatrice Lugalambi, General Manager Corporate Communications and Marketing at Centenary Bank stated that, “As a Bank, we have been part of the Rotary Cancer Run for 9 years now, majorly because the Rotary mission aligns well with our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of supporting the communities where we serve,”
adding that, “For this reason, we earmarked up to Ushs 100 million as our commitment towards the Virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.”

All 74 branches of the bank are confirmed to be participating in this year’s Rotary Cancer Run.

“I urge everyone to be part of this cause by donating any amount because every coin counts. I also encourage us all to participate in this year’s run,” Lugalambi concluded.

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SuperSport adopts new system for channels to make it easy for viewers to find their favourite sports

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SuperSport has dropped the numbering system it has used for its channels for more than two decades, replacing them with a thematic offering around individual sports to ensure it makes it easier for viewers to find their favourite sports.

From September 1, SuperSport viewers on DStv and GOtv will be able to enjoy special dedicated channels for leagues and sports, among them the Premier League, La Liga, WWE, UFC, tennis, motorsport, golf and several others, which will now have a home to call their own.

New to DStv Premium customers across the continent will see the launch of SuperSport Grandstand, which will come immediately after Blitz at the front of the line-up. Grandstand will be hosted in studio on weekends and will guide viewers to the wide selection of sport on the World of Champions, cutting between live events and simultaneously directing viewers to the channel on which the best sporting action is available.

On DStv there will now be up to 19 SuperSport channels in all, including a “Variety” channel offering.

In addition, DStv’s new sports line-up also includes ESPN and ESPN 2, on channels 218 and 219.

GOtv offers 5 Supersport channels, plus the recently relaunched ESPN on channel 37 (137 -Ghana/337 – Uganda).

“This is a landmark decision in SuperSport’s history and one I’m convinced will add a fresh and invigorating dimension to our broadcasts,” said Gideon Khobane, Chief Executive of SuperSport. “The changes will mean that additional SuperSport channels of local and international sporting content will be added to the DStv and GOtv platforms.”

SuperSport broadcasts more live sport than any other broadcaster internationally and as much as these options are incredibly valuable to fans, the depth and breadth of content can make it difficult to find what they’re looking for. Exhaustive market research has shown that fans would prefer to enjoy the sport of their choice on a dedicated, named channel.

The new strategy will more closely align channel names in across the continent and will indicate a clear destination for fans’ favourite sports.

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Rugby Star Bryan Habana, American Sprinter Tyson Gay endorse the 2020 Virtual Rotary Cancer Run

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Workout Session during the 2020 Rotary Cancer Run Launch

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As the virtual Rotary Cancer Run nears, participants across the world are in high spirits to take part in a first of a kind virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.

Sensational Rugby Star Bryan Habana and Tyson Gay, an American Olympic 100 meter Gold medal winner have become the latest celebrated sportsmen to endorse the virtual Rotary Cancer Run.

“I encourage everyone one to take part in the Rotary Cancer Run so that we make Cancer history, as we stay fit and healthy” said Tyson, while Habana  mentioned that “you can all run or walk from the comfort of your homes virtually, anywhere in the world, to help kick cancer out of Africa” which validation was made in videos recorded by the two sportsmen.

The Rotary Cancer Run is organized by the Rotary Uganda and is sponsored by Centenary Bank who committed Ushs 100 million, Parliament of Uganda, and LycaMobile among others. The run will be held on 30th August 2020.

On the event day, the virtual Rotary Cancer Run will be streamed live on the Uganda Rotary Cancer Program website and official Rotary Cancer Run Facebook Page. Buganda Kingdom’s BBS Terefayina will also provide live broadcast of the proceedings.

“The day will kick start with aerobics at 7.00 am,” revealed Denis Jjuuko the Chairman of the virtual Rotary Cancer Run 2020.

Jjuuko added that “we continue to encourage Ugandans to donate towards this noble cause, as the proceeds from the run will be dedicated towards the construction of bunkers to house modern cancer treatment machines.”

“I therefore, call upon all Ugandans to take part in this year’s virtual Rotary Cancer Run, from the comfort of their homes or neighbourhoods. Please post a picture or video of yourself in your previous years’ vest on your social media platforms with the hashtag #RotaryCancerRun2020 and dedicate the run to a loved one suffering from cancer or may have died of cancer,” Jjuuko concluded.

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