MBARARA – In a bid to wipe out rampant cases of cancer in Uganda, the rotary cancer run 2019 was launched over the weekend in Mbarara to raise funds to procure two linear accelerator machines with their bunkers at Nsambya hospital in the capital Kampala.
This 8th edition of the cancer run will take place on August 25, 2019 in over 34 centres across the country.
Rotarian Allan Asingwire the Assistant governor for rotary district 9211 who also doubles as Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) a recognition given to a person who has contributed over $1000 to the Rotary foundation said that this year’s cancer run is meant to create awareness to all Ugandans to participate in the run that is aiming at raising over shs18bn towards the purchase of two linear accelerator with their bunker which will be housed at Nsambya hospital.
He said that over time in the last 8 years, they have managed to put a cancer ward at Nsambya hospital and custom -fitted it with 36 beds and other medical equipment worth about $140,000.
“The collections we made in 2015, we managed to put up a Rotary blood bunker at Mengo hospital which is the second blood bunk in Uganda, as we very well know that cancer patients need much blood since one at Nakasero hospital cannot be enough for all the patients in the country, so we call upon people of Mbarara to come and support this cause next month” Said AG Asingwire.
He thanked Vision Group which has always supported the cancer run.
“This time we have already received shs50m from new vision”
Robert Tugume the Mbarara branch manager for centenary Bank said as the institution they are going to contribute shs160m to the purchase of linear accelerators and their bunkers.
“We are happy to be part of this since its inception because we become happy when we serve health customers, when these facilities are put up in Uganda, our people will no longer be spending much money to go India for treatment”
Diana Nyankuba the Rotary Club President of Mbarara East said that all the tickets will go for UGX 25, 000 and the selling points in Mbarara are Centenary Bank Mbarara branch, Hotel Kash, Day to day supermarket, Lake View Hotel and Vision Group Mbarara office.