KOLOLO – A serene Sunday morning was just what the doctor ordered for a charity run. No scorching sun and no routine downpour. And the about 30,000 participants who thronged the Kololo Ceremonial Grounds have been in good stead for the 8th Edition of Rotary Cancer Run at Kololo Ceremonial Independence Grounds.
At least UGX 778 million has been collected in the 2019 Rotary Cancer Run.
According to Rotary’s Past District Governor Stephen Mwanje, the government needs USD 5 million (18 billion shillings) to put up a specialized facility where all types of cancers can be treated with in the country as opposed to going abroad where it’s more expensive.
Mwanje, however, said that for this year alone, their target was to solicit 1 billion shillings but only 778 million has been collected countrywide.
The runners were flagged off by the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga.
The proceeding of the cancer run will go towards procuring for the construction of bunkers needed for the installation of linear accelerators at Nsambya Hospital.
A linear accelerator is a modern cancer treatment machine.
This year’s Run has attracted over 50,000 runners across the country to raise part of the approximately needed UGX18b to build the bunkers and equip them with linear accelerators.
Over UGX1.6b has been raised so far from the previous three runs since 2015.
Ms. Kadaga last month launched the 8th edition of the Rotary Cancer Run — breaking the ground for the construction of bunkers needed for the installation of linear accelerators at Nsambya Hospital.
The 8th edition was sponsored by the Parliament of Uganda, Centenary Bank and supported by New Vision, UAP Insurance, Liquid Telecom,
Uganda Petroleum Authority, Maad Advertising, Events Warehouse, and
Rwenzori Mineral Water among others.