Ahead of the 2022 Rotary Cancer Run, the management of Uganda Printing and Publishing Corporation has injected 10 million Shillings towards the cause.
The donation is aimed at the construction of a Rotary cancer centre at Nsambya hospital. The boost comes just days before the run which is slated for this Saturday.
Speaking at a press gathering, the Managing Director of UPPC, Kenneth Oluka said that the contribution is part of corporate social responsibility and the partnership with Rotary International in the fight against cancer.
“UPPS has done this as part of our CSR, and also because we are aware that cancer is a serious problem here in Uganda,” Oluka mentioned.
“But also, more importantly, we want to be part of the effort to fight this problem which is ravaging our community.”
Oluka urged the public to embrace Cancer testing: “I want to appeal to the general public to heed to advice from the doctors, and go for cancer screening.”
“For men, they should go for prostate checks, and the ladies should do tests for the different cancers, and if they detect anything they should seek medical advice.”
Eng. Emmy Kwesiga, the president of Rotary International who also doubles as the chairperson for the 2022 cancer run noted that they have raised 2.5 billion shillings so far.
Kwesiga however said that they are UGX 10.5 billion short of constructing the Rotary Cancer Centre at Nsambya hospital.
“We already have the cancer run at Nsambya, and this will be a complement to the facilities that are already in place,” Kwesiga said.
“The run is not only about those that will be at Kololo. But we expect runners from other areas like Entebbe, Kabale, Mbarara, Arua, Koboko, Mbale, Soroti, Gulu, Jinja and other areas.”
Meanwhile, the first female president of Rotary International, Jennifer Jones, visited Uganda for a physical assessment of the projects funded by Rotary.
NBS Sport has joined the social event as the official and exclusive broadcaster of the 2022 Cancer Run live on Sunday.