The Department of Journalism and Communication (DJC) at Makerere University turned up in large numbers to join the 5th Rotary Cancer run held on 28th August 2016 at Kololo Ceremonial grounds.
The Staff, led by their Chair- Dr. William Tayeebwa, were part of the 20,000 anticipated runners in this year’s Rotary Cancer Run, with some of them bringing family members along. Dr. Aisha Nakiwala, Florence Namasinga, Fred Kakooza, Charlotte Ntulume, Harriet Sebaana, Wilson Kaija, JB Imokola and Marion Alina were some of the Staff who supported the run in Kampala, flagged off by Prince David Kintu Wasajja on behalf of the Kabaka of Buganda. Many of them said they took part in the run to make a contribution towards cancer awareness and treatment in Uganda and beyond. The participation fee was twenty thousand shillings per person. Parallel runs were held in Entebbe, Masaka, Kasese, Mbarara, Kabale, Kihihi, Bushenyi, Hoima, Masindi, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Jinja, Iganga, Soroti and Tororo.
This run aimed at raising 13.5 billion shillings to buy a Linear Accelerator for the Rotary-Centenary Center at Nsambya hospital. The Linear Accelerator is a state-of-the art cancer treatment machine that offers a safer alternative by destroying cancerous cells without affecting surrounding tissue.
The past three cancer run events raised funds to put up a Rotary-Centenary Center (ward) at Nsambya hospital. Funds from the fourth run were used to build the country’s second blood bank at Mengo Hospital. As a buildup to the run, Rotary organized free prostate, cervical and breast cancer screening at the Kampala Capital City Authority Health Centres in Kawala and Kisenyi. Others were at St. Mary’s SS in Kasokoso and at the Rotary house in Mbarara. Oncologists encourage early cancer screening on the premise that if detected early, cancer is easier to treat.
Rotary Cancer Run is an initiative by Rotary and its partners to create a difference in the health system of Uganda, especially with regards to the cancer in the country. Preparations for the 6th cancer run are ongoing.
By Marion Alina