Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA) in partnership with Standard Chartered Bank under the Road Safety Campaign 2019 have given painted the casualty ward at Mulago National Referral Hospital at the cost of Shs18 million contributed by the bank.
The painting of the casualty ward is one of the week-long road safety campaign initiatives organised by the sports journalists in memory of colleagues who perished in a road accident. The activities are being held under the theme, “Look out for Each other”.
While delivering her remarks Regina Mukiri, the Head of Corporate Affairs Brand and Marketing Standard Chartered Bank stated:
“Standard Chartered encourages employees to help their local communities develop, as part of the bank’s overall sustainability strategy and to help us live our brand “Here for good”. She said the bank’s employees are all entitled to three- days paid leave to commit their time and skills to the causes that the bank support supports, ‘allowing us to make a collective difference as well as the causes we are personally passionate about.”
“As a bank we are very happy to partner with USPA to paint the Mulago casualty ward as part of the 2019 road safety campaign initiative. I also want to appreciate Mulago Hospital for supporting us implement this initiative. I am glad we chose to support this particular initiative this year as touring this casualty ward and is sobering, and a much-needed wakeup call on how much more we all need to do to curb road carnage,” she said.
She urged other stakeholders and organisations to support the hospital and to fight road carnage. “I believe that If everyone makes a small contribution, the cumulative effect will make a significant difference and we shall have saved lives and prevented several other societal challenges,” she said.
The USPA president, Patrick Kanyomozi expressed gratitude to Standard Chartered Bank, Mulago Hospital and the employees of the Bank who came out to volunteer and participate in the painting for their generosity.
While delivering his remarks Mr. Kanyomozi said: “I want to once again appreciate the contribution of Shs 18 million that the bank is investing in painting inside and outside the Mulago Casualty Ward as part of this year’s Annual Road Safety campaign.”
“I also want to thank the management of Mulago Hospital for their receptiveness, responsiveness and support of this initiative. The involvement of Bank in the USPA road safety campaign over the past 12 years is very commendable,” he said.
He said Standard Chartered Bank has had tremendous impact upon the communities not just in this initiative but also in several others and that USPA is pleased to associate with the bank.
“Your consistent support to the sports fraternity is appreciated and will always be a remembered. It is our hope that you will continue to have a positive influence on our society through initiatives that such as these,” he said.
Prominent journalists with The New Vision and another with The Monitor, were on August 27, 2001 killed after their vehicle collided head-on with a pick-up truck near Lugazi. Kenneth Matovu, Simon Peter Ekarot and Leo Kabunga were all sports journalists with The New Vision while Francis Batte was Monitor’s deputy sports editor.
In May 1998, two Monitor journalists, died in a crash in Moroto in a motor rally debut.
The road safety campaign is supported by Standard Chartered Bank, City Tyres, UNRA, NCS, and KCCA FC.