Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme boss, Steven Mwanje must be a jovial man afterall. The banker’s brainchild Rotary Cancer Run marathon has received an additional hefty sponsorship deal from Crown Beverages Limited.
This year’s edition of the charitable race set for August 25 at Kololo Independence grounds has been boasted with a Shs.60 million add-up to make Shs140m just weeks after the initial Shs.80m sponsorship.
“We (Pepsi) are proud to be part of an initiative that will go a long way in ensuring that more Ugandans live a cancer free life, while those who are already suffering from the illness get the best medical treatment locally,” Innocent Tibayeita, the head of sales and marketing Crown Beverages said on Tuesday.
The run is meant to raise funds for the construction of the second phase of the Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya – Kampala, Uganda.
The 32-bed capacity ward is estimated to cost shs1.1 billion and will help to supplement the current limited facilities in the country, in prevention and treatment of cancers.
According to Mwanje, so far more than Shs600m has been raised for the completion of the Rotary- Centenary Bank Cancer Ward including; roofing and internal finishes of the ward.
And Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga is expected to join atleast 20,000 participants including golfers Flavia Namakula and Doe Akope, Uganda Cranes lead by coach Milutin Sredojevic among others.
Rotarians, Centenary Bank, Pepsi, and Uganda Sports Press Association are the main sponsors.