The Observer (Kampala)

24 February 2013

Uganda: MTN Hands Over Marathon Proceeds to Red Cross

MTN Uganda has given Shs 307.6 million to Uganda Red Cross Society to assist the people that were displaced by landslides in Bududa district.

The proceeds, which were handed over at Serena hotel were raised after the ninth edition of last year's MTN Kampala Marathon on Friday.

"MTN Uganda and our partners are committed to enhancing development in the communities in which we do business, not just by providing universal access to communication, but also through contributing to providing basic and essential necessities such as clean and safe water," Mazen Mroue, MTN Uganda CEO, said at the handover ceremony.

The theme for last year's marathon was 'Run with your Heart,' and the proceeds were earmarked for providing clean and safe water for the people of Bududa district who were displaced by landslides that claimed several lives.

"We are going to construct ten boreholes in Kiryandongo and these will cover 10 villages, that is, for the relocated people from the affected district of Bududa," Michael Nataka, the secretary general of the Uganda Red Cross Society, said.

The landslide events caused significant damage to farmland, crops, and livestock, claimed over 400 human lives and displaced an estimated 5,000 people.

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