Stanbic Bank has today Tuesday handed over Ugx 250 million contribution to MTN Uganda towards the 2019 MTN Marathon scheduled for 24th November 2019.
Just like 2018′ this year’s Marathon is focused on improving maternal health care in Uganda.
Stanbic bank has been supporting the MTN Marathon for different health causes for the last 16 years since its inception
While handing over the cheque today at the Stanbic head offices in Kampala, the Bank’s Chief Executive, Patrick Mweheire said the bank was honored to be part of a noble cause that would improve the health of mothers and babies in health center IVs
“We are pleased to partner with the MTN Marathon, it is a great initiative that reaches thousands of Ugandans and transforms lives. Supporting maternal health resonates well with the Banks Corporate Social Responsibility and we pledge to continue supporting communities where we operate,” he said
According to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Uganda’s maternal mortality is still among the highest globally with over 440 deaths per 100,000 lives meaning that 1 woman in every 49 women dies while giving birth due to maternal complications.
While receiving the Cheque, the MTN CEO, Win Vanhelleputte thanked Stanbic Bank for the contribution, saying that it would go a long way in achieving the targeted goal
“We expect to collect over Ugx 2b from 2018 and 2019, which will go towards maternal health. The maternal health need in Uganda are so many that even with the contribution from the 2 years might not be enough but it is a start and we are proud, we have seen the impact of our contributions and we can proudly say more Ugandans are Willing to participate and contribute to a cause that impacts the whole community,” he said
In 2018, a total of 1.33b was collected from the Kampala and regional runs and the contribution from MTN. The money has been invested towards improving maternal health in Bulambuli, Pakwach, Ntoroko, Kalagala and Kawempe health IV facilities. These projects are expected commissioned by end of 2019
The 2019 regional run has already taken place in Arua on Sunday 3rd, The others will be in Soroti on 10th and Masaka 17th and finally Kampala
The 2019 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon will be held on Sunday 24th November starting at the Kololo independence grounds with runners participating in either of 4 categories including; the full marathon (42Km), half marathon (21Km), 10Km race and 5Km wheelchair race/fun run.