The third edition of the annual Rotary Cancer Run has been launched yesterday with a sponsorship boost of Shs267 million from Centenary Bank and Crown Beverages Limited under its Pepsi brand at the Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
The run will be held on August 31, 2014 at Kololo Independence Grounds, Kampala and is expected to attract more than 10,000 participants.
The charity run, now in its third year, is organized to raise funds towards the completion of the Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya. The Ward will help to supplement the current limited facilities in the country, in prevention and treatment of cancers. The planned 36-bed capacity ward is estimated to cost Shs1.3 billion and is currently in its final stages.
Mr Fabian Kasi, the Managing Director Centenary Bank, said the construction of the Cancer Ward fits well with the bank’s Bridging the Cancer Gap initiative which is in line with the bank’s mission of improving the quality of life of Ugandans. “Centenary Bank has allocated an additional Shs187 million towards the construction of the Cancer Ward, and Rotary activities. Of this sum, Shs167 million will go to this year’s Run, Shs10 million to the cancer parades while Shs10 million was allocated to Rotary health days that were held earlier this year,” Mr Kasi said. So far over 3,897 women across Uganda have benefited from the cancer parades.
Mr Simon Lugoloobi, the Chief Executive Officer of Crown Beverages who was represented by Mr Jeff Ssekandi, the Customer Marketing Manager, said, “Pepsi is 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.
The Governor Bank of Uganda Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile and Deputy Governor Dr. Louis Kasekende presided over the launch that also attracted hundreds of Rotarians.