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Parliament Donates Shs1bn for Rotary Cancer Run

Parliament Donates Shs1bn for Rotary Cancer Run

by Max Pat
posted onApril 24, 2024

Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has officially launched the Rotary Cancer Run 2024 and on behalf of Parliament, donated Shs1 billion for the completion of the radiotherapy centre.

Among arrived at St. Francis Nsambya Hospital this morning, where she was welcomed by the hospital management and the organisers of the Rotary cancer run before touring the cancer ward and bunker site.

In her speech, the Speaker commended the cancer run initiative in serving humanity and on behalf of Parliament, who are premium sponsors of the run, committed to supporting the project to its timely completion.

“As a people-centred Parliament, we will generously support the completion of the bunkers and we should be able to finish it as soon as possible because once completed, it will bring a smile to Nsambya Hospital, cancer patients, all the runners and Rotarians,” Among said, before undertaking to join Rotary for the sake of the bunkers.

The 2024 edition that will take place on 25 August 2024 at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds will mark the 13th year of the Rotary Cancer Run under the theme: “Spread Magic in Every Step.”

Parliament Donates Shs1bn for Rotary Cancer Run

She urged all Ugandans of goodwill to join hands and support the project to create a significant impact on the lives of cancer patients.

“This project will help in complementing the treatment of cancer and decongesting other hospitals… On behalf of Parliament, we shall contribute Shs1 billion towards this year’s cancer run. This money that we get for donations must be spent on humanity,” she said.

Among commended the former Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga for spearheading Parliament’s campaign towards supporting cancer runs during the 10th Parliament. Parliament’s Shs1 billion contribution alone nearly equals the Shs1.1 billion collected during the 2023 cancer run.

This year, Rotary Uganda hopes to collect Shs4 billion and double the number of participants from 30,000 in 2023 to 60,000 in 2024.

“This will translate to doubling last year’s collections to Shs4 billion, a substantial contribution towards the required Shs13.8 billion for the completion of the radiotherapy centre,” Michael Niyitegeka, the chairperson of the Cancer Run 2024 said.

Dr Andrew Ssekitooleko, the Executive Director of Nsambya Hospital urged Ugandans not to get tired of running.

“This project has demonstrated how human spirit can give birth to good stuff. The Hospital has not contributed a penny towards this initiative, it has been individuals and we, in a special way, recognize Parliament’s contribution. We now look forward to training staff who will run this project and equip it. So please, don't get tired of running, after all, it's good for you,” he said.

The Rotary Cancer Run started in 2012. Proceeds from the first three runs constructed the Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya, while the Shs200 million from the 2015 run constructed the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital. Funds raised from the runs between 2016 to 2021 were used for phase one of the construction of the bunkers.

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