By Ritah Tugumisirize
Nearly three months after the completion of the MTN Marathon, the telecommunication company has revealed how much was collected from the 15th edition of the annual charity event.
Today at the Stanbic bank headquarters at the crested Towers in Kampala, MTN officials led by senior Brand and communications manager Martin Sebuliba handed over two dummy cheques, one of the 600 million collected from the over 30,000 participants and partners of last year’s marathon and the other of 400 million Uganda shillings that was contributed by the MTN foundation.
The total sum of one billion Uganda shillings will go to supporting maternal health in five regions in Uganda including Kampala, Mbale, Gulu, Mbarara and Hoima.
Sebuliba revealed that this year they have got partners for each of the five regions who will be trusted to implement different projects in each region.”
“In order to involve all our partners in the implementation process, we made the decision that each partner take ownership of a project in each region. We did this in order to involve partners beyond just sponsoring the main event”, Sebuliba said.
The partners who include Stanbic for the Northern region (Gulu), Vision Group for the East (Mbale), MTN, UAF and Spedag for West (Hoima), Huawei for central (Kampala) and Rwenzori for south West (Mbarara) will work together with district health officers who will determine badly off health centers in need of the maternal health equipment and there after each receive equipment to help pregnant mothers during birth.
Each region will get an equal share of the money.