, 12 August, 2020 / 7:22 PM
The Catholic Bishops in Uganda have, through their financial institution, the Centenary Bank, contributed cash toward the construction of an accident, injury and trauma Centre in the country’s capital, Kampala.
The latest cash contribution of UGX10 million (US$2,700.00) given on Tuesday, August 11 is expected to boost the ongoing fundraising initiative toward the construction of the Centre at Nkozi Hospital, a facility of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kampala.
“We have participated in all events concerning the establishment of the Accident Ward at Nkozi Hospital including charity walks, car wash and other fundraising drives,” Centenary Bank Managing Director, Fabian Kasi, has been quoted as saying during the handover event of the dummy cheque to the management of Nkozi Hospital August 11.
He added, “The unprecedented times have changed the way we operate and carry out activities, but nevertheless our pledge towards this noble cause still stands.”
Centenary Bank, which started as a credit trust of the Uganda National Lay Apostolate has been part of the Nkozi Run fundraising that started in 2016 has so far contributed a sum of UGX 50 million (US$13,602.00).
Uganda Police Force Statistics indicate that the East African nation registers about 20,000 accidents each year, with some 2,000 deaths, CGTN Africa reported.
During the August 11 event, the Managing Director of Centenary Bank noted that the Catholic Financial Institution “places a priority on transforming lives of individuals in communities where it has operations across the country.”
“One of the ways through which this has been manifested is through the deliberate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program which is executed countrywide, where the Bank sets aside 1% of the previous year’s net profit to support CSR activities, which are mainly categorized in Education, Health, Church and the community as a whole,” Mr. Kasi said.
Receiving the dummy cheque at Centenary Bank head Office in Uganda’s capital, Kampala, the Vice Chairperson of the Hospital’s Fundraising Committee Fr. Gerald Kalumba said that the donation will “go a long way in facilitating the construction of the Accident Ward at Nkozi Hospital.”
“We appreciate Centenary Bank’s continued support towards the annual Nkozi Run fund and the hand extended to us for all related initiatives over the years,” added Fr. Gerald who is the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Kampala.
On her part, Nkozi Hospital Administrator, Sr. Teddy Nakyanzi said though the COVID-19 pandemic “is here and we must take caution, accidents are still happening of which facilities are needed to offer the required medical attention to the casualties.”
She added in reference to the Nkozi Run Fundraising that has been delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, “Unlike in the past where people could convene and fundraise towards the Accident Ward at Nkozi, through the charity drive, the new normal cannot allow us to exercise all these.”
“We continue to thank all the different partners who have every now and again rendered the much-needed support,” the Hospital’s Administrator said.
ACI Africa was officially inaugurated on August 17, 2019 as a continental Catholic news agency at the service of the Church in Africa. Headquartered in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, this media apostolate will strive to facilitate the telling of Africa’s story by providing media coverage of Catholic events on the African continent, giving visibility to the activities of the Church across Africa where statistics show significant growth in numbers and the continent gradually becoming the axis of Catholicism. This is expected to contribute to an awareness of and appreciation for the significant role of the Church in Africa and over time, the realization of a realistic image of Africa that often receives negative media framing.
Father Don Bosco Onyalla
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