By Shafik Ssenoga and Mubiru Kakebe
The minister of health Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda will flag off the Rotary Cancer run at Kololo on Sunday.The run, expected to attract at least 20,000 participants, will have the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga as the chief walker.
The Uganda Cranes will also take part in the event. According to Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme chairman Stephen Mwanje, Rugunda and Kadaga have confirmed their involvement in the event.
Rotarians in Uganda have joined hands with Centenary Bank and Crown Beverages Limited in getting the event held.
Money raised from the event will be used to complete the Rotary Cancer Ward at St. Francis Hospital in Nsambya.
The whole project is estimated to cost sh1.1b.
Each participant will support the cause with a registration fee of sh10, 000 payable at Centenary Bank branches and Shoprite Lugogo.
Last year’s Cancer Run raised over sh300m.
Meanwhile, organisers of Sunday’s event have received a boost of 600 cartons of water from Rwenzori Bottling Company.
Receiving the consignment at their factory in Namanve, the committee chairman Aggrey Kankunda hailed Rwenzori for the gesture.
“We appreciate this noble gesture,” the ecstatic Kankunda remarked.
He added that the move will save them the cost of buying water for the runners.
Kankunda said, “the cancer ward will help address issues of the fight against the pandemic as well as increase awareness about the problem.
“Cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS and malaria, and therefore there is need to fight the problem.”