More than 35,000 participated in this year’s Cancer Run. The run among others seeks to help raise awareness and funds to combat the scourge
The runners were flagged off at Kololo Airstrip by Speaker of Parliament Rebbeca Kadaga.
Xavier Sentamu said similar runs were held at Uganda’s missions abroad: Mombasa, Berlin, Kigali, Pretoria and Moscow and targeted 50 cities next year
Parallel runs took place around the country in places like Tororo, Entebbe and Kumi among others
According to organizers, based on the numbers alone, the run has grown exponentially over the years, and it is firmly on its way to accomplishing the task of raising up to Ugx. 30bn by 2923.
Speaker Rebbecca Kadaga hailed the participants for braving the rain and contributing towards the fight against cancer
Speaking at the same event Kadaga said ‘‘I would like us to continue supporting this cause until our people don’t have to fly out for treatment in other countries that is very expensive’’.
Members of Parliament have contributed over Ugx. 1 billion in the past three years towards the fight against cancer
The 2019 Rotary Club Cancer run kicked off at 6 am with warm up exercises and thereafter at 6:55 am the first group of runners doing the 21 kilometres were flagged off at Upper Kololo terrace.
The 10-kilometre runners were seen off at 7:10 am while the five kilometres; which had the most participants was be flagged off at 7:30.
The proceeds from this year’s run will be used build two bunkers that will house two linear accelerators at Nsambya Hospital.