Vice President Launches The Rotary Cancer Run 2015

After a successful completion of the Ladies and Senior’s Golf opens, page action now turns to the Amateur’s event which tees off today (Tuesday) at the Uganda Golf Course Kitante.

A total of 96 players are expected to take part in this year’s event which is also the 73rd edition that will take place 24th July. The amateur event will be a 72 hole championship.

The current overall Gross defending champion is Willy Kitata who scored 292 Gross tying up with the closest rival Adolf Muhumuza. Kitata went ahead to win in the sudden death on hole 12. The overall gross winner of the amateur category is guaranteed a shot in the professionals event.

Senior’s results;
Dr Anthony Okullo beat 57 other senior golfers to win the overall prize with four strokes over 36-holes with a gross 159 after two rounds of 81 and 78. Okullo shook off stiff day one competition from Rwanda-based Steven Katwiremu who they had tied on 81 after returning nine-over-pars.

David Scanlon won the 55-56 age category with a net 143. 65-70 years category was taken by  Joel Okullo (146) while Arthur Gakwandi (145) and Emmanuel Basaliza (163) took the   71-80 Years, 80 and above age categories respectively.
The vice president, pharm HE Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has today launched the 4th edition of the annual rotary cancer Run which will be held at the Kololo Ceremonial ground on the 30th  August 2015.

Speaking to the media at the launch this morning at the Sheraton Hotel, Ssekandi said “Cancer has been killing our people but it’s time for it to be defeated as we launch a battle to deal with it effectively”

The past district governor (PDG) Stephen Mwanje, chairman of the Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme, applauded key partners who have joined them in this noble cause.

“The Rotary cancer run begun three years ago with a promise to build and equip a cancer treatment ward in Kampala and this has become one of the most eagerly anticipated event for corporate sponsors to participate in” Stephen said.


Adding that this humble initiative has been able to save lives and the fruits of their work can be witnessed when they officially handed over the Rotary- Centenary Bank Cancer Centre to Nsambya hospital two weeks ago.

Stephen further stressed that, they demonstrated the Integrity Rotarians who mobilized, organized and put every single shilling raised to its right use.

According to Emmanuel Katongole, chairman Blood bank board at Mengo hospital all proceeds from the Rotary cancer run 2015 will go towards the construction of a blood bank at Mengo hospital.

The construction of will be the second biggest blood bank in the country in a move spearheaded by PDG Emmanuel Katongole who stressed the urgent call for action.

“Too often lives that could be save by a pint of blood are lost because we do not have blood or the infrastructure to provide this most basic care are insufficient, it could be me, you or your relative in need” Katongole said.

The chairman organizing committee of the run applauded platinum sponsors like centenary bank that donated 107 million shilling, Pepsi under crown beverages with 150million shillings besides other top sponsors and partners including the media for their enormous reporting on the burden of cancer.

Percy Lubega, chief manger business development and marketing Centenary bank, said Centenary’s bank contribution of 107million shillings will help build healthy community and consumers as a good foundation for their business prosperity.

“We hope that our contribution and partnership created through the rotary family will go a long way to in reducing the blood shortage with the construction of a fully fledge blood bank at Mengo hospital” said Simon Lugoloobi, the CEO of Crown Beverages as he handed over the check to the team behind the event.

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