MTN Uganda has announced that the MTN Kampala Marathon held on the 19th of November 2017, which attracted over 20,000 participants, raised Ugx 600 million to support charity.
The 14th edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon this time had a different approach to it. In the last 13 editions, all contributions would go to a single cause. However, on realizing that participants also needed to be part of the selection process, two causes were provided. Participants could either support the maternal health improvement at Kiswa and Komamboga Health Centers or replacement of asbestos roofing in 13 Kampala schools.
Speaking at the announcement at the MTN Towers along Hannington Road, Wim Vanhelleputte the CEO MTN Uganda said that people did turn up in large numbers to represent their cause. The result of this overwhelming representation was that Ugx 600 million was collected, which will go a long way in improving access to healthcare and reduce exposure to cancer.
“Seeing people turning up in such large numbers shows that they have a spirit of giving. By being able to give, the participants were also able to run, compete against friends, spend time out with family and also have fun. The next phase will now be ensuring that the work starts on ensuring that what was promised is delivered,” he added.
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“We shall continue to update the participants on every stage of the proceeds for the MTN Kampala Marathon. Next, we shall be handing-over the proceeds of the marathon and hoping that there will be a positive impact to the affected people,” said Olivier Prentout, the MTN CMO.
At least 56% of participants selected to support the maternal health cause and 44% selected the replacement of asbestos roofing in schools. Over the last 13 editions, MTN Uganda has supported causes like improving sanitation in Kampala, providing water facilities to the Karamoja sub-region and provision of “mama” delivery kits in Northern Uganda.