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USPA handed UGX 5m boost ahead of Road Safety Campaign

Standard Chartered’s Edward Barlow (left), hands over the UGX 5m cheque to USPA President Patrick Kanyomozi (right), on Monday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

The Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) has received a huge boost ahead of their annual Road Safety campaign.

The umbrella which harbors Sports journalists in Uganda, on Monday, August 12th, received UGX 5m from banking giants Standard Chartered.

This was announced at a joint press conference held between the stakeholders at the Standard Chartered Bank headquarters.

The Bank once again announced sponsorship of UGX 5,000,000 (Five million shillings only) to facilitate the organization of the Road Safety Campaign as well as jointly implementing an Employee Volunteering initiative which will see USPA and the Bank paint the Mulago Casualty Ward in support of accident victims.

Last year the partners jointly executed a successful Blood donation drive under the theme “5 days – 1,000 pints blood donation campaign” that was implemented by Nakasero Blood Transfusion services at Buganda Royal University, IUIU, Makerere University, Mukwano Arcade and Lugazi. The campaign managed to collect over 500 units of blood.

While addressing journalists at a press conference, the Head, Operational Risk, Standard Chartered Bank Mr. Edward Barlow said that the partnership the Bank has maintained with USPA over the past 12 years is testament to the Bank’s “Here for good” brand promise and its commitment to contributing to the wellbeing of the communities in which it operates.

“We are glad to once again join the USPA road safety campaign to sensitize Ugandans about road safety, said Barlow.

“We are grateful for the partnership which has over the years handed us an opportunity to lend our voices to a problem that affects all of us.

“I am pleased to announce that this year we are also joining hands with USPA to paint the casualty ward at Mulago Hospital as part of the Road Safety campaign.

“Last year we collected blood, this year let us join hands to reach out to the road accident victims and share a message of hope; that we understand the magnitude of their predicament and are doing something to transform mindsets and change attitudes.

“Our staff will actively participate in the activities lined up like; painting zebra crossings, marching, holding a remembrance service for our departed among other things.

“I urge other stakeholders to join us in this noble cause so we can reach more people.”

Mr. Barlow added; “The USPA Road Safety campaign is a worthwhile initiative that Standard Chartered Bank has supported since 2007. The other reason for our steadfast support of this initiative is because Uganda continues to be one of the African countries with the highest rate of road accidents and deaths from reckless driving, over speeding among other factors and as a Bank, we have also lost some of our staff to road accidents.”

The president of the Uganda Sports Press Association, Mr. Patrick Kanyomozi while addressing the journalists thanked Standard Chartered for the sponsorship and partnership once again.

“As USPA we are grateful that Standard Chartered Bank has been with us all these years, we value this relationship and it is one that we intend to keep for many more years.

“Being a part of this campaign for 12 years is a testament to the Bank’s commitment to caring for the communities they serve, something that we have in common.

“As a sports journalist’s body we also care for our communities and this initiative helps us accomplish that. This sponsorship is going to help us with the main activities in Lugazi on 24th August which will involve painting zebra crossings, as well as the other activities in the build-up.

“We will clean and paint the casualty ward in Mulago Hospital, on top of an awareness campaign that we plan to undertake. We thank Standard Chartered Bank for enabling us to achieve all that we plan to do.”

Mr. Kanyomozi concluded by calling upon Ugandans to be more vigilant and caring towards fellow road users to avoid unnecessary road accidents.

“There is a need to act immediately and fast to end Road carnage.

“All the various agencies that should ensure safer roads should work together to save lives. Public enlightenment should be intensified.

“Our roads would be safer if signposts were not vandalized if they were well maintained and a culture of obeying traffic regulations is enforced.

“We can change this by creating more awareness through initiatives such as this.”

The event started 28 years after the death of four sports journalists, Leo Kabunga, Kenneth Matovu, Simon Peter Ekarot and Francis Batte Junior who perished in a dangerous road accident at Lugazi in 1998.

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