On Thursday 28th August, Airtel Uganda announced their active sponsorship and participation in the Uganda Rotary Cancer run 2014 taking place on Sunday 31st August 2014
The Cancer Run, an initiative of Rotarians in Uganda, is meant to raise funds for the construction of the second phase of the Cancer Ward at St. Francis Hospital, Nsambya, located in Kampala. 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.
According to Ms. Charity Rwabutomize, the CSR manager at Airtel Uganda, “We at Airtel realize that there are very many people all over Uganda affected by cancer hence the need to support the construction of a specialist center that will provide vital early detection and cure but also provide pre and post treatment. We believe that the money that will be got from this Cancer run will most importantly save many lives being lost needlessly”.
Many high profile personalities in Uganda have joined the cause and they will be led by the Former President of Tanzania H.E. Ali Hassan Mwinyi who is the chief Runner.
Airtel Uganda has, in the past, partnered with different private and government organizations to carry out various Corporate Social Responsibility projects. Some of these include;
· Child Count +; a health program that ensures quality and accessible treatment for expectant mothers and their children at the Clinical health units Mbarara.
· Shared Solar; A Solar Energy program through which people in the villages can use Airtel airtime on a prepaid system of payment for solar energy and thus keep their businesses and homes lit up with solar power.
· Connect to learn; An Education program in which Airtel Uganda offers data to 5 secondary schools to enable both teachers and students connect with students all over the world to share knowledge and learning experiences