Dfcu Bank yesterday announced a contribution of UGX 15,000,000 as one of the sponsors of the upcoming Transformational Leadership Forum and the Kirk Wallum Jazz concert slated for 7th March 2019.
The contribution is towards fundraising for the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital which was constructed by Rotary and its partners.
While making the announcement at the dfcu Bank’s head office in Kampala the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mathias Katamba, handed over a cheque to Dr. Emmanuel Katongole, Chairperson Rotary Blood Bank Program.
The initiative intends to raise $500,000 in order to equip Mengo Hospital with a fully-fledged Blood Bank which can test, process and pack safe blood before being distributed to other health centres.
According to Katamba, “It is unfortunate that, patients still die or suffer unnecessarily because they do not have access to safe blood transfusion. The timely availability of safe blood and blood products is essential in all health facilities. It is possible to bridge the gap, between blood requirements and annual shortfall of 100,000 units of blood in Uganda, if each one of us gets involved in initiatives such as these.”
He added that dfcu’s support towards this cause is directly in line with their brand promise of Making More Possible for the diverse communities in which they operate.
“People are at the heart of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) agenda and the need for accessible safe blood is universal, so we are more than glad to make our contribution to this cause. We will be unveiling more community investment initiatives this year as dfcu celebrates 55 years of existence,” Katamba added.
Emmanuel Katongole Chairperson Rotary Blood Bank program said that they are happy to have dfcu as partner on a cause that will enable the Rotary Club make a significant contribution in meeting the annual deficit of 100,000 units of blood.
“Our target for this year is to equip the Mengo blood bank so that-it is a fully fledged facility which can test, process and pack safe blood. The contribution from dfcu towards our fundraising efforts is commendable,” said Katongole.