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Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers sh5m for Cancer run

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 4th August 2019 02:56 PM

Proceeds from this year’s Centenary Bank Rotary Cancer Run will still go towards the purchase of two Linear Accelerators.

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The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem (center) receives a vest from organising committee chairman Dennis Jjuuko (3rd left) at the ministry's boardroom as rotarians Lydia Bujara (left), Justine Kazibwe (2nd left) and the in-charge of public diplomacy Isaac Ssebulime (2nd right) and Sylivia Kasoga from the ministry look on. PHOTO: Michael Nsubuga

Proceeds from this year’s Centenary Bank Rotary Cancer Run will still go towards the purchase of two Linear Accelerators.

 
The 8th edition of the Centenary Bank-Rotary Cancer Run on August 25 will be run in 40 major towns across Uganda.
 
Proceeds from this year’s Centenary Bank Rotary Cancer Run will still go towards the purchase of two Linear Accelerators (modern cancer treatment machines) and the construction of the bunker for the Linear Accelerator at the Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital.
 
Sh18bn is required to complete the work. Over sh700m was raised last year while Sh1.1bn was raised from the 2017 run.
 
On Thursday, Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered sh5m to the annual run that will take place on August 25.
 
The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Okello Oryem in the company of Ambassador Alfred Nnam the in-charge of public diplomacy and Isaac Ssebulime the Director International and Regional Economic Affairs, made the pronouncement at the ministry’s board room.
 
The organizing committee chairperson Dennis Jjuuko alongside Rotarians; Lydia Bujara and Justine Kazibwe shared ideas with the minister and ministry officials on how to make the event bigger.
 
“We started running in Kampala and expanded; we are running in 40 towns across the country this year, so our next step is to take this run outside Uganda. But it is still a concept,” Jjuuko noted.
 
“We are thinking of working with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with people wherever they have an embassy, to have a run there” Jjuuko noted.
 
“We are also thinking of working with Ugandans abroad in the US, England, Scandinavia, Middle East, South Africa and elsewhere, so we are contemplating on how we can take it out to make it an international run but also we can work with rotary districts in those particular countries to make the run bigger than what it is today,” he stated.
 
He said this year’s run had already raised over sh300m from different entities and they were still receiving more with a target of raising over a billion shillings
 
“You are doing a great job; let’s now prove to people that we can do something bigger; let’s invite more people to be part of it. Next year we should send people to all these conventions and tell people and all those about this run,” Oryem advised.
 
He noted that there was still a need to create more public awareness about the different types of cancers.
 

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