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Multitudes of Ugandans Turn up for the 11th Edition of the Rotary Cancer Run.

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The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer flagging off the runners.

She appreciated the runners for their love and support towards the cause of improving the health system in Uganda.

Members of Uganda Bikers Association get ready to be flagged off shortly before the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

4st September  2022, KAMPALA- Centenary Bank, one of the leading commercial banks in Uganda through its partnership with Rotary Uganda flagged off the 11th Cancer Run marathon edition at the Kololo Independence grounds today. This year’s run attracted close to 40,000 runners from over 35 towns and countries like Bujumbura, Kigali, Dubai, Dar es salaam, Beijing, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, New Delhi, Mombasa, Khartoum. Through the Cancer Run for the past 11 years, Rotary and its partners have sought  to continue the fight against cancer in Uganda. This year, the aim of the run will be to build bunkers which will house the modern cancer screening and testing machines at Nsambya Hospital.

The construction of the bunkers commenced in May 2022, however, there is still a big gap of  UGX 11.8billion that needs to be raised for the construction. These bunkers will house 2 ultra-modern linear accelerators which are cancer testing and treatment machines.

Speaking at the marathon ceremony, Fabian Kasi the Managing Director Centenary Bank cited the importance of such marathons whose sole aim is to better the treatment of cancer a leading killer disease. “I believe we can work towards improving this, and the participation exhibited is proof that indeed together we can improve the treatment and care of cancer in the country.”

He further noted that Centenary Bank bought into the vision of Rotary Uganda 11 years ago and still believes in the same cause today. “We have partnered with Rotary Uganda for the past eleven years to support this run and this year; we have contributed UGX 150 million shillings towards the cause. Cancer has had an impact on each and every Ugandan both directly and indirectly. The onus is therefore on us to join forces and wage war on the incapacities in our health systems to treat this disease that has ravaged our households,” Kasi noted.https://kmaupdates.com/

The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones appreciated Ugandans for their love and support towards the cause of improving the health system in Uganda. “I am a survivor of cancer and I strongly believe that with the right treatments in place and with early detection, we can get rid of cancer in the country.”

 

The run has in the past recorded tremendous achievements; from the well-equipped 36-bed cancer treatment Centre at Nsambya Hospital worth UGX1.5 billion, to a Rotary Blood Bank; The Rotary Cancer Run has enjoyed years of global participation and this year started the construction of the two bunkers.

Over the years, the Rotary Cancer Run has attracted over 50,000 participants annually from Uganda and the diaspora who have supported either through direct donations, charity drives, or by attending the run to raise funds to set up facilities for Cancer treatment in Uganda. We hope there will be more of you joining us this year.

A lady takes a ride  with a member of Uganda Bikers Asscociation  after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMa updates.

Ladies take rides  with Members of Uganda Bikers Asscociation  after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMa updates.

Rotarians  of the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands in a group  after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Speaking during the event at Kololo, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program,

Members of Uganda Bikers Asscociation display their machines after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMa updates.

Rotarians  of the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands in a group p after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Stephen Mwanje expressed Rotary’s gratitude for the support from Ugandans and people from all over the world over for running virtually. He said that

“We have seen participation in the Cancer run grow from 100 participants to 50,000 participants annually in and outside Uganda. This year we have Bujumbura, Kigali, Dubai, Dar es salaam, Beijing, Sudan, Nigeria, Libya, New Delhi, Mombasa, Khartoum. All this has been achieved because of your relentless effort.”

“The collections being made this year will be directed towards the construction of two bunkers at Nsambya Hospital that will be housing the 2 cancer testing and treatment machines we hope to import in the near future,” Mwanje emphasized, adding that, “Given the impact of Cancer on our countrymen and the region, the bigger picture for Rotary is that, upon completion of the setup of the cancer testing and treatment center in Kampala, we will continue to work with other players in this fight and cover other regions in the country to reduce the cancer burden affecting our people.  In addition to building of bunkers, we are also focusing on training of the medical staff to improve on their skills in cancer treatment.

This year’s Rotary Cancer Run attracted endorsements from different entities urging the people to partake in this year’s as we come together to fight against cancer.  Among these endorsements included the Katikiro of Buganda Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga on behalf of Buganda Kingdom.

The trends observed at the Uganda Cancer Institute show  almost 80 per cent of patients present the disease in advanced stages, hence limited interventions to prolong survival, an indication that the level of knowledge in the public and their perception of cancer, its symptoms, where to access treatment, and the care by the general practitioners is lacking.

 

Rotarians  of the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands in a group p after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Rotarians  of the Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands in a group p after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

(R-L):Phillip Nabyama,Maria Muzaaki and another guest.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The 11th edition of the annual Rotary Cancer Run was sponsored by the Parliament of Uganda, Centenary Bank and supported by New Vision, Rwenzori Bottling Company, MaadMcaan, among others.

This is an annual event organized since 2012 by Rotarians to bridge the gap in the fight against the cancer scourge. From its inception, the run has raised Shs 2.3 billion and many other forms of support in kind rendered to facilitate the fight against cancer in Uganda.

Jackie Chandru is seen performing after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Jackie Chandru is seen performing after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Jackie Chandru is seen performing after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Jackie Chandru is seen performing after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner  of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  in a group Photo with the staff of Ministry Of foreign affairs.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner  of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  in a group Photo with the staff of Ministry Of foreign affairs.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Some of the participants of the Marathon belonging to Parliament of Uganda in a Photo Opportunity with the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones 9not in the Picture)  in a group Photo.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  in a group Photo with the staff of Parliament Of Uganda.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  takes Pictures while being taken around.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  takes Pictures while being taken around.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  takes Pictures while being taken around.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The chief runner the Rotary International president Jennifer Jones talks to Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The chief runner of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  chats with  Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program amnd Members Of Parliament.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  chats with  Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program amnd Members Of Parliament.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  flanked by Rotary Presidents including   Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program amnd Members Of Parliament.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  flanked by Rotary Presidents including   Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program amnd Members Of Parliament.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

The chief runner of Rotary International president Jennifer Jones  flanked by Rotary Presidents including   Mr.Stephen Mwanje, the Chair Board of Trustees, Rotary Cancer Program amnd Members Of Parliament (L).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Rtn Justine Nantuuwa Kazibwe,President,Rotary Club of Kampala Ssese Islands  is seen  participating in  Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Gerry Opoka,Ceo Soul Fitness leads Participants during Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.articipants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

A Participant is seen taking off  during the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Bikers take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Participants take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

Bikers take off during  the Run.Participants do Aerobics after the Run.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.

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