Anita Among, the Speaker of Parliament, officially launched the Rotary Cancer Run 2024 on Wednesday at St. Francis Nsambya Hospital. She announced a generous donation of Shs1 billion towards the completion of the radiotherapy centre’s bunkers.

Upon her arrival, Among was warmly received by hospital management and the event organizers before embarking on a tour of the cancer ward and bunker site.

In her address, the Speaker lauded the initiative of the cancer run, emphasizing Parliament’s commitment to its timely completion as premium sponsors. “As a people-centered Parliament, we are dedicated to supporting the timely completion of the bunkers. Once finished, it will bring relief to Nsambya Hospital, cancer patients, participants, and Rotarians alike,” Among stated, expressing her willingness to join Rotary to further the cause.

Scheduled for August 25, 2024, at Kololo Ceremonial Grounds, this year’s run marks the 13th edition under the theme “Spread Magic in Every Step.”

Among urged all Ugandans of goodwill to unite in supporting the project, emphasizing its potential to significantly impact the lives of cancer patients.

“This project complements cancer treatment efforts and alleviates congestion in other hospitals. On behalf of Parliament, we pledge Shs1 billion towards this noble cause,” she affirmed.

The Speaker acknowledged the efforts of former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga in championing Parliament’s support for cancer runs during the 10th Parliament.

Parliament’s contribution of Shs1 billion nearly matches the Shs1.1 billion raised during the 2023 cancer run.

Rotary Uganda aims to raise Shs4 billion this year, doubling the number of participants from 30,000 in 2023 to 60,000 in 2024. Michael Niyitegeka, Chairperson of the Cancer Run 2024, highlighted the significance of this effort in reaching the required Shs13.8 billion for the radiotherapy center’s completion.

Dr. Andrew Ssekitooleko, Executive Director of Nsambya Hospital, encouraged Ugandans to continue their support.

“This project exemplifies the power of human spirit. We extend our gratitude to Parliament for their contribution. Let’s keep running; it’s for a good cause,” he urged.

Since its inception in 2012, the Rotary Cancer Run has made significant contributions to healthcare infrastructure.

Funds raised from previous runs have supported the construction of the Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya and the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital, among other initiatives.

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