"I am a runner myself. I have come to participate too and fundraise for a noble cause," said Prince Wassajja.
Nkozi Hospital organized a first ever marathon run to raise funds for the building of an Accident and Emergency Unit at the health facility.
The run, featuring Buganda’s Prince David Wassajja, was blessed by Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala.
More than 1,000 people took part in the charity marathon Saturday, and were cheered on by people lined up along Masaka Road in the areas of Nabusanke and Kayabwe.
Emmanuel Cardinal Wamala, 89, took part in the marathon, though at a pace more reasonable for a man his vast age. (Credit: Juliet Lukwago)
Sister Teddy Nakyanzi, the hospital administrator, said they hoped to raise sh655m to construct the accident ward.
There is a high demand for such a unit as the hospital is located near the Kampala-Masaka highway which has for long been an accident-prone route.
According to records, at least 15-20 travellers fall victim every week.
The unit will be constructed in phases, and the first phase we require 400m, more than half of the projected total expenditure, according to Sr. Nakyanzi.
Prince David Wasajja (pictured below) said he was glad to be a part of the cause.
"I am a runner myself. I have come to participate too and fundraise for a noble cause. It's just a great thing to be a part of and to give back,” he said.
Several people have already contributed towards the construction of the facility: Central Bank governor Emmanuel Mutebile (sh20m), businessman Sudhir Ruparelia (sh5m), Cardinal Wamala (sh1m), ex-MP Bbosa Kiyingi (sh2m), Mawokota North MP John Bosco Lubyayi (sh500, 000), among others.
Among those who took part in the event included Mary Katarikawe (BoU governor’s office), Kampala Archdiocese Vicar General of, Msgr Charles Kasibante, Nkozi University vice chancellor Fr John C. Maviiri, Entebbe mayor Vincent De Paul Kayanja, Masaka district chairman Jude Mbaabali, former Mawokota North MP Bbosa Kiyingi, local musician Bobi Wine, priests, nuns, students and many others.
Several people took part in the event, including nuns. (Credit: Juliet Lukwago)
For this noble cause, Nkozi Hospital is seeking your support. If you would like to contribute, these are the official channels to do so:
Through the bank
Bank Name: Centenary Bank
Account Name: Nkozi Hospital Project
Account No. 392040016
Through Mobile Money
Mobile Money number: 0773358690