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Thousands Attend Rotary Cancer Run

According to organisers, 773 Million shillings was raised during this years run. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of two Linear Accelerators and the construction of two bunkers to house the machines at Nsambya hospital. The machines are valued at 18 billion Shillings.
26 Aug 2018 11:39
Runners enjoy the Zumba Session at Kololo Independence grounds after the rum
Thousands of people turned up at Kololo Independence Grounds for this year's edition of the Cancer Run.

The event organized by Rotary International is aimed at raising funds for construction of a cancer unit at Nsambya Hospital.

The Cancer run was also organised in 31 other districts across the country such as Fort Portal, Apac, Kitgum, Lira, Moroto, Masaka, Mityana, Jinja, Tororo and Iganga. 

The run was flagged off by the Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa

Ssekandi who is also a Rotarian appreciated Rotary International for the efforts towards fighting cancer in the country.

“Government is grateful to the Rotary fraternity in Uganda for their support in Humanitarian causes like the fight against cancer. On Wednesday I was in Moroto and was amazed to see the publicity that the run had there. This kind of national awareness is very important in sensitizing the general population about cancer. This will go a long way against the scourge of cancer.”

Denis Jjuuko, the Public Relations Chair of the Rotary Cancer Run 2018, the big turn up at this year's edition is an indication that people are concerned about the dangers of cancer and want it eliminated.

“With this type of support, cancer will be chased from the country. We encourage everyone to come join us next year so that we can meet our target.”

According to organisers, 773 Million shillings was raised during this year's run. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of two Linear Accelerators and the construction of two bunkers to house the machines at Nsambya hospital. The machines are valued at 18 billion Shillings.

This year's cancer run is the seventh annual run that has been organized in the country. This year's run also attracted foreign dignitaries from Botswana, Tanzania, Hungary, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Eritrea, Hong Kong, China, Eritrea, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.



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