Airtel Uganda announced their active sponsorship and participation in the Uganda Rotary Cancer 2014 run dubbed ‘Run against Cancer’
‘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, and yet very few of them can afford medical care. We believe that the money that will be got from this Cancer run will help thousands of Ugandans to get affordable treatment and live better lives.”
Many high profile personalities in Uganda including the Honorable Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Bank of Uganda Governor, Mr. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, professional golfers Flavia Namakula and Deo Akope and members of the national football team, the Uganda Cranes led by coach Milutin Sredojevic have already signed up to participate in the Cancer Run that is expected to have more than ten thousand participants.
“Airtel Uganda is proud to associate with the Ugandan Rotarians who organized this Cancer Run,” said Mr. Tom Gutjahr, the Airtel Uganda Managing Director. “Our Corporate Social Responsibility policy is not limited to only education and sports in Uganda; it extends to cover other aspects such as proper health care and access to medical care.”
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