Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga (4th from right) at the launch of the 2017 Cancer Run Credit: Brain Child - bm

2017 Cancer Run

  • 27th August (5KM, 10KM & 21 KM)
  • Ticket fee: 20,000/=
  • Ticket Selling Points: Centenary Bank branches, Game Stores, Café Javas & Capital Shoppers branches
[/media-credit] Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga (4th from right) at the launch of the 2017 Cancer Run Credit: Brain Child – bm

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebbeca Kadaga launched the 2017 Rotary Cancer Run at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya.

Kadaga has urged the general public to energize their efforts in fighting the cancer scourge that is continuing to plague the country.

Addressing the gathering at the launch, Kadaga expressed concern about the deadly disease;

There is a very high figure of cancer patients in Uganda and we can’t just look on or simply let Rotary do this on its own.

We must come together and stop cancer. We must dream of a time when nobody dies of cancer.

It may sound unrealistic. Deep down my heart, I know this is possible

We are going to ask each MP to contribute Shs1M over two months towards this cause, meaning Shs449 Million will be collected by the legislators.

Statistics at the Uganda Cancer Institute indicate that on average 1,700 new patients are diagnosed with cancer each year, of these about 700 (40%) are children.

The Rotary Cancer Run will focus on raising money to build the bunker for the Linear Accelerator at the Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital.

Past District Governor and Chair of the Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme Stephen Mwanje graced the launch.

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga signs binding documents at the launch of the 2017 Cancer Run Credit:

Mwanje reflected about last year’s achievements;

Last year we managed to get the Linear Accelerator, which is a cancer treatment machine that offers a safer alternative where cancerous cells are destroyed without affecting the surrounding tissue.

However, we can’t use it because it needs a bunker. We want to raise USD1Million or shs3.6 Billion this year to build it so that Ugandans can be treated here in the country instead of going to India, Kenya or South Africa

Fabian Kasi, the managing director of the supportive bank explained about the motive of the offer;

We are honored to have been part of this fight for the last 6 years, participating in all activities, and making this a priority in our philanthropy strategy.

And as our norm has been in the previous years, we began the year by setting aside shs250 Million for rotary activities. Of that amount, shs130 Million is the contribution specific to the cancer run.

According to the World Health Organisation, the rise in the number of cases of cancer is due to ageing populations and the increasing adoption of risky behavior like; unhealthy diet, lack of physical exercises, alcohol and tobacco abuse.

Tickets for the run go on sale, starting July 1 at all Centenary Bank branches, Game Stores, Café Javas, and all Capital Shoppers branches at Shs20,000.

Over the past 6 years, the Cancer run has become an annual event that is part of the social corporate responsibility cause for many corporate organizations.

Many individuals optimally utilize the run for maintaining their physical fitness status.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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