As the country prepares for the visit of Pope Francis in November this year, MTN Uganda committed to the financial pledge of Ugx.50 million for the expansion and re-development of Martyrs shrine in Namugongo and Munyonyo.
The donation is among the pledges made last year during the fundraising effort in preparation of Pope Francis’ visit.
During the same time MTN Uganda was nominated to support the donations drive targeting Ugx.8 billion using Mobile Money as collection platform, activating the ‘Paapa 2015’ campaign to raise revenue; 30 percent of which will go towards preparations for these initiatives.
“Customers will be required to subscribe for the service and download a caller-tune or download catholic songs and recitations as caller tunes. They will also be able to download Pope’s quotes, facts, daily prayers among other content from the MTN play portal,” said Brian Gouldie MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer.
The shrines, area significant land mark to the global Catholic community are being developed to become a national tourism and heritage symbol and also to accommodate the growing number of pilgrims and visitors each year.
According to Gouldie, the gesture is part of MTN Uganda’s long tradition of giving back to communities and projects that contribute to the common good.
Gouldie said that supporting the Catholic community and Uganda’s efforts during the preparations for the Pope’s visit to Uganda represents the company’s brand ethos and values, of being ‘Better Together’.
“Its because of this background that MTN is supporting the Catholic Church in its efforts to expand and develop Namugongo most especially as we prepare the visit of Pope Francis in November,” noted Gouldie.
“We are also playing an ambassadorial role to make sure we bring other partners to support this cause by creating a Mobile Money account where anyone, any Ugandan can donate money as low as shs500 to this cause,” he added.
A dummy cheque for the financial donation was received at Rubaga by His Grace Cyprian Kizito Lwanga. The Archbishop thanked MTN for contribution.