Over 500m/- raised for MNH children cancer ward

Bank M and the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam have raised over  531m/- in support to the construction of children cancer ward at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) during a marathon that attracted over 5,000 participants.

The event led by former president Ali Hassan Mwinyi, under the theme: "Help Children Fight Cancer" was organized by the six Rotary Clubs in Dar es Salaam in association with Bank M and was aimed at collecting 500m/-.

The Event Committee Chairman, Mr Zainul Dossa, said that the target was to collect at least 500m/-, but they managed to collect 31m/- above the target, while more pledges and contributions were still flowing in.

"The amount collected will sufficiently equip the ward with modern facilities, equipment and isolation rooms making the ward one of the best in the Sub-Sahara Africa," Mr Dossa said.

Last year, more than 700m/- was collected and was used for the construction of the ward and this year the target was to collect 500m/- for the completion of the mission.

"We decided to go for the children's cancer ward as the beneficiary of the 2011 and 2012 Rotary Dar Marathon because the magnitude of the cancer problem is growing."We believe that together we can change this situation by joining hands to install a better facility," the Marathon Board Chair Sharmila Bhatt said.

Speaking during the event, retired president Mr Mwinyi, who was the chief guest, said that the efforts shown by the Rotary movement and its partners in serving the community deserve to be highly commended.

"I am very pleased to see that through this event we will eventually complete the children's cancer ward project," the former president, who participate in each event since 2009, said.

"This will be a big relief to our children who suffer from the disease," he said.Bank M Board Chairman Mr Nimrod Mkono said: "It is our policy to work together with other reputable organization in making a difference to the needy communities of this land."

Muhimbili National Hospital CEO Dr Marina Njelekela expressed her gratitude to Rotary and Bank M for the decision to support the Hospital and the government at large in enhancing health services especially for our children.

"We have been working together to make sure that there are no hitches (in implementing the project). This project will make a difference - (and) we will do our best in delivering the best services as we will be having the best facilities," said Dr Njelekela.

Apart from the main partner Bank M, other sponsors of the event included SBC (Pepsi), Spicenet, Soft tech, Toyota, Ultimate Security, Security Printers, MSD, ALAF, Magic FM, ZOOM Tanzania and Beta Trust.
Source: The Daily News,http://www.dailynews.co.tz
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