Rotary has now focused on creating awareness through sport as they encourage parents to immunize their babies against polio
PIC: L-R Cycling Communications manager Kerry Bradshaw, Rotarian Xavier Sentamu and Laurean Ntaate at the Rotary End Polio Ride launch. (Credit: Derrick Wadria)
Rotary End Polio Ride
KAMPALA - In a bid to kick Polio out the country, the Rotary District Governor Xavier Sentamu launched the second edition of the Rotary End Polio Ride on Wednesday at Design Hub in Kampala.
Speaking at the launch, Sentamu said he is positive the disease will be no more in the next two years if it is approached through sports, especially the sport of cycling.
"We aim at ensuring that there is no child in Uganda who will be crippled because of Polio and this has been part of our agenda for the past 30 years and it has progressed which we tend to climax in two years' time," said Sentamu.
He said that the rotary has now focused on creating awareness through sport as they encourage parents to immunize their babies against polio and all other immunisable diseases.
"Over the year, Rotarians from all over the world have donated their time and personal resources to put an end to Polio and we shall not give up until it's no more. We are taking all the hard challenges to work on end to Polio," Sentamu added.
This year the Rotary End Polio Ride scheduled for December 16 will bring together Rotarians and the general public together in a bicycle ride where both adults and children will take part.
The adults will be categorized into individuals and corporate teams who will compete in two races of 10 and 30kms from Kololo Ceremonial Grounds and around the city while children will have an obstacle riding challenge at Kololo.
This year's proceedings will be forwarded to different health centres to cater for immunizing exercises around the country.
The winner in the 30km race will go home with a cash prize of sh1m while children will win coupons to have lunch at KFC and tickets to the cinema.