NKOZI– In support of the annual Nkozi Marathon, Centenary Bank has extended a financial contribution of Ugx 10 million to facilitate the construction of an Accident, Injury and Trauma Centre (AITC) at Nkozi Hospital.
While handing over the dummy cheque to the Management of Nkozi Hospital Centenary Bank Managing Director Fabian Kasi revealed that Centenary Bank has been part of the Nkozi Run fundraising right from inception in 2016.
“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” Mr Kasi said.
He added that the unprecedented times have changed the way the Centenary Bank operate and carryout activities, but nevertheless the pledge towards this noble cause still stands.
“Centenary Bank has always placed priority on transforming lives of individuals in communities where we operate across the Country, and one of the ways through which this has been manifested is through our deliberate Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program which is executed countrywide, where we set 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” He said with emphasis.
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Mr Kasi revealed that Centenary Bank has so far contributed a total of Ugx 50 million since the start of the fundraising in 2016.
According to a preliminary research report by Makerere University School of Public Health released in 2019, about 9,000 people perish in road traffic accidents annually in Uganda, which was attributed to over-speeding, use of alcohol, and based on where the accidents happened, these were the major driving factors for the accidents.
While receiving the dummy cheque at Centenary Bank Head Office at Mapeera House, Vicar General Msgr. Gerald Kalumba, the Vice Chairperson fundraising Committee, Nkozi Hospital appreciated Centenary Bank’s continued support towards the annual Nkozi Run and the hand extended to other related initiatives over the years.
“We believe this support will go a long way in facilitating the construction of the Accident Ward at Nkozi Hospital” Msgr. Kalumba said.
Monsginor Kalumba acknowledged that the Coronavirus Pandemic is here and people must take caution and also noted that accidents are still happening of which facilities are needed to offer the requisite medical attention to the causalities.
Nkozi Hospital Administrator Sr Teddy commented, adding that unlike in the past where people could convene and fundraise towards the Accident Ward at Nkozi, through the charity drive, the current situation could not allow the exercise to be carried, but she thanked all the different partners who have continued every now and again to rendere the much needed support.