The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has been confirmed as the chief runner at the 2nd Annual Rotary Cancer Run scheduled for August 25 at Kololo Independence grounds. She will be joined among others, national sports icons and Uganda Cranes and top golfers.
The announcement was made today by the Chair Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme, Past District Governor Steven Mwanje.
“We have so far raised more than Sh600m towards the completion of the Rotary- Centenary Bank Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital and the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has agreed to be our chief runner this year,” Mwanje said.
The Cancer Run is an initiative of Rotarians in Uganda who to further demonstrate their commitment to serving the community have partnered with Centenary Bank, Crown Beverages Limited, through its flagship brand Pepsi, and Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) to organise the 2nd Annual Cancer Run.
The run is meant to raise funds for the construction of the second phase of the Cancer Ward at St. Raphael of St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya – Kampala, Uganda.
The 32-bed capacity ward is estimated to cost shs1.1 billion and will help to supplement the current limited facilities in the country, in prevention and treatment of cancers. So far over Shs500 million has been raised with the support of Centenary Bank (Sh300million), Pepsi (Sh50million) and other well-wishers.
These funds helped to complete phase 1 of the building which included roofing. It is hoped that the 2013 edition will be able to raise enough funds for the internal finishes of the ward.
Kadaga is one of the many high profile personalities who have registered to participate in the Cancer Run, dubbed Run against Cancer. Other prominent personalities are Central Bank Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, who also launched the second edition of the Cancer run, golfers Flavia Namakula and Deo Akope and the Uganda Cranes led by Coach Micho Sredojevich.
Cancer is one of the biggest health concerns in Uganda today but which is preventable if discovered early. Cervical and breast cancers are the biggest killers among women in Uganda, while prostate, liver and penile and urinary bladder cancers are common among men and control cervical cancer by encouraging especially women to undergo smear tests.