New Vision (Kampala)

21 November 2012

Uganda: Bebe Cool, MP Kidega Each Offers Cranes Sh0.5m

Local music sensation Moses Ssali [Bebe Cool] and East African Legislative Assembly MP, Dan Kidega have joined the list of contributors towards an initiative that aims to see the national soccer side defend its Cecafa title this year.

The tournament starts this Saturday at Namboole with a reminiscent opening encounter with neighbours Kenya.

Despite a terrific record in the regional tournament, the Uganda Cranes team and fans know better than to write off the Harambee Stars - considering the nature of challenge they posed in October last year that effectively ensured that the home side stepped no inch farther in the Nations Cup tournament.

Bebe Cool combined with Hema Beverages to donate 50 cartons of water and sh0.5m and Kidega followed suit after their interaction with the national team during the Cranes' Fans' family day out at Lugogo last Saturday.

The meet was aimed at increasing the team's bond with fans and supporters.

The musician and legislator now are among several other individuals and companies that have put their hands together towards the welfare of Coach Bobby Williamson's side.

Nine-year-old Hisham Luzige donated sh2, 500 towards the cause.

Uganda Cranes Initiative (UCI) spokesperson, Patrick Mugumya made it clear that every contribution is important.

"We are moving on. Every contribution counts and we want to have as many people on board as possible," he said.

"Uganda Cranes is for all of us and before we criticise, let us contribute and offer them a good environment to compete."

Other contributors: Hardware World [sh1m], Rivonia Suites (team accommodation discount), Sheraton Hotel (laundry services), SMS Media (goal keeper gloves and canvas), Lifelink Medical Services Ntinda (Ambulance services), Vision Group (sh30m), NSSF (sh16.5m), Rwenzori Beverages (water), D&J Audio (Public Address Fans Day), Apt Media (Event management Fans Day) while Red Pepper, Kamunye, Bukedde, Daily Monitor and New Vision all gave Media Space.

More contributions from individuals: Henry Ssekamatte (sh1,000) Dan Makosa (sh10,000), Robert Ssekawa (sh2,000), Moses Mugisha (sh20,000), Ismail Kawuma (sh10,000), Moses Musaziizi (sh10,000), Jodi Creations (sh100,000), Jamil Nsubuga (sh2,000), Faizo Matovu (sh1,000), Ramula Najjuma (sh100,000), Afande (sh10,000) and Amanya (sh10,000).

The public can contribute by sending money to Mobile Money number 0788 162 001 with the reason 'Cranes' or can deposit money directly to Standard Chartered Bank, Speke Road Branch, (UGX) 0105610690400/ (USD) 8705610690400 or Stanbic Bank, Corporate Branch, (UGX) 0140007506601/ (USD) 0240007506601 the name 'New Vision Printing & Publishing Company Limited' while cash contributions can be received at The New Vision offices on Plot 19/21, First Street, Industrial Area.

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