Above: Runners along the Royal mile during this year's Kabaka Birthday Run. 

Buganda Kingdom in partnership with Airtel Uganda has today announced Shs494 million collected during the Airtel Kabaka’s birthday Run.

The proceeds will be used to promote Sickle Cell Disease awareness as well as procure test kits.

“Shs200 million will go into buying test kits for screening Sickle Cell Disease awareness while Shs249 million will be channeled towards sensitization and awareness campaigns,” the 2nd Deputy Katikkiro of Buganda, Owek. Robert Waggwa Nsibirwa said during the announcement made at the Buganda Kingdom offices in Bulange Mengo.

“21% of the people in Buganda have sickle cells; one is either a carrier or has the disease. With these proceeds, we will be sensitizing people about the disease and also testing them,” he added

Buganda Kingdom minister for sports, Henry Kiberu Ssekabembe thanked the participants for turning up in big numbers hence making the run ranked among the most participated in Africa and 19th in the whole world according to wikipeadia.

Airtel Uganda Head of Brands and Communication Remmie Kisakye, thanked Ugandans for turning up in in big numbers for the run that happened on April 7, 2019 and reconfirmed Airtel’s commitment towards the fight against Sickle Cells Disease.

“In line with our three-year theme, we intend to continue driving awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease. Last year, we donated over 140,000 sickle cell testing kits to Uganda National Health Laboratory Services, procured from the proceeds of this prestigious run. We are on a positive trajectory and together we can create a healthy Uganda,” she said.