By Caroline Ariba
The Mt. St. Marys Namagunga old Girls had a dinner on Thursday evening at the Serena. It however was no ordinary dinner, as they sought to raise sh4 billion needed to put up Platinum Monument.
This monument, which will house 2,000 girls, will hopefully be unveiled in 2017, as the year marks 75 years.
The girls, whose time in Namugunga dated as far back as the 1970s, were generous when giving to a cause they obviously held dear.
Standing in for Bank of Uganda Governor, Emmanuel Mutebile, was Justine Bagyende, the Executive Director Supervision, Banks of Uganda.
Bagyende, an old girl herself, wooed sh190 million in both cash and pledges from the old girls and well-wishers.
Lawyer Oscar Kihika and Vice President, Edward Ssekandi auctioning the artist impression of the Mt. St. Marys College Namugunga hall to be built during a dinner for the launch of Mt St Marys College Namugunga platinum jubilee anniversary fundraising at Serena hotel, Kampala on September 17, 2015, Photos/Richard Sanya
"Namagunga made us who we are. Let us give back to the school," Bagyende pleaded as the rest of the room nodded in approval.
Also present was Vice President Edward Sekandi, who was also the evening's guest of honour.
He managed to raise sh5m from the auction of the architectural drawing of the building that had everyone excited.
Once all the monies were counted, the main course of the meal whose first two courses had been served was finally served.
There was entertainment from the current students of Namagunga that again had the old girls smiling.
It was the last performance of the night that stood out though.
The Canine brothers, a group of three boys brought in for entertainment, sang and the ladies smiled
Some sang along, and there was no doubt the ladies loved these brothers.
In the end, it was agreed that this dinner was only the beginning of a fundraising drive to raise the needed funds.
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Namagunga kick starts fundraising with a dinner