In support of 100 years of The Rotary International Foundation, 60 years of Rotary serving Humanity in Uganda and in alignment with MTN’s commitment to make its customers lives a whole lot brighter through investment in impactful and sustainable community initiatives, MTN has contributed Ugx. 30,000,000 shillings (US $291,000) towards the Uganda Rotary Blood Bank Program.
MTN Uganda will join other corporates to sponsor a fundraising concert happening today – Sunday, 26th February 2017 – with all proceeds going towards equipping and operationalizing the Rotary Blood Bank and the Mukono Rotary Hospital.
(TOP: Wim Vanhelleputte, CEO, MTN Uganda – left – hands over the dummy sponsorship cheque to Rotary officials).
Uganda has a population of over 35 million and needs a minimum of 340,000 units of safe blood per year. The only one Government owned organization, Uganda Blood Bank Transfusion Service (UBTS) does not have adequate facilities to collect and store blood. The situation is made worse by the influx of patients needing blood from neighboring countries. This leaves an annual deficit of over 100,000 units of safe blood.
The Rotary Blood Bank program will be one of the largest public service initiative taken up by the Rotary Clubs in Rotary District 9211. The Blood Bank is a 7,500 sq.ft. fully equipped state of the art facility that has been set up on 800sq. Meters building in Mengo hospital.
The concert will future iconic Jazz saxophonist and song writer Hugh Masekela from South Africa and reknown Ugandan Jazz Saxophonist Isaiah Katumwa.