Rotarians target Shs 18bn for cancer treatment

Rotarians will this year run to raise Shs 18bn required for the purchase of a linear accelerator machine used in the treatment of cancer patients.

The hi-tech machine is the focus of Rotarians after successfully funding the construction of the Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer centre at Nsambya Hospital through the annual Rotary Cancer Run.

“We zeroed in on the Linear Accelerator because it is the most modern radiotherapy equipment and doesn’t have many negative after effects. To establish an effective centre of excellence, we need TWO Linear Accelerators and TWO Bunkers to house them. This helps because when one machine is down or is being serviced, patients have an alternative,” Stephen Mwanje, chairman of the Uganda Rotary Cancer Program said.

The project is estimated to cost approximately Shs18bn of which about Shs 1.1bn has so far been raised.

The 7th edition of the Rotary Cancer Run will take place on August 26 at Kololo Independence grounds and 36 other venues across country.

Organisers for this year’s run have however had some changes for the main event at Kololo with participants in the 21km route moved to the Upper Terrace Road while the 5km and 10km will start at the Kololo grounds.

“The 21km runners complained last years that they get slowed down so we have set aside a starting place for them,” said Mwanje.

He said that Kololo will this year be specifically marked so people will get to know where they start to run from.

Proceeds from the previous runs have been used to build a 36-bed Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya Hospital and host a number of health camps.

After the completion on the Rotary-Centenary Bank Cancer Centre at Nsambya Hospital, Rotarians embarked on a much more ambitious project of bringing high tech cancer treatment machinery in the country.

The run is sponsored by the Parliament of Uganda and Centenary Bank among others. The Bank which has been a long-term partner over the past 7 years, has this year contributed Ushs. 155 million. Pepsi has also joined the sponsors this year through the Nivana Mineral Water brand for the Kololo event as they will provide all the water needed for runners to rehydrate their bodies.

The number of towns participating in the run has increased from 34 last year to 37.

“This shows how committed the country is in fighting cancer,” Mwanje added.

This makes the Rotary Cancer Run perhaps the biggest event for runners in the country as many people will be running at the same time in 37 different venues.

Registration is ongoing countrywide at Shs25,000 only at all Capital Shoppers outlets; Game Store Lugogo; Rotary office at the 9th Floor, NIC Building; Bulange Mengo; select Centenary Bank branches; select Airtel shops.