Commonwealth Trust gets Shs200m
Posted Monday, October 21 2013 at 01:00
Kampala- The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust Fund has received a Shs100 million donation from the government to support projects that will empower citizens in the Commonwealth countries.
Speaking at the Trust fundraising dinner in Kampala on Friday, President Museveni, who was represented by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, emphasised the need for Commonwealth nations to mould the destiny of their people into prosperity, urging them to work for a common cause.
The dinner was organised by Dr Martin Aliker, the Commonwealth Trust Fund representative in Uganda and about Shs210 million was realised in cash and pledges.
The President said some Commonwealth countries had “undergone total metamorphosis”, while others made huge transformational strides but they all worked for a good cause.
“We take pride in belonging to the Commonwealth not just because of our colonial history but because of the formidable force we are,” Mr Museveni said.
The President last year appointed celebrated businessman and retired dental surgeon Dr Aliker as the country representative and chairperson of the Trust’s Uganda Chapter to spearhead fundraising activities and create awareness about it.
Meanwhile, Mr Mbabazi was guest of honour at the awards gala where the Red Cross was recognised as the best humanitarian agency for its contribution towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
The Red Cross is involved in emergency health causes such as responding and combating deadly epidemics like Hepatitis, Ebola, Cholera, Meningitis, among others. It also provides pre-hospital care and ambulance services for first aid during emergencies.
More than 20 personalities were awarded, including Chief of Defence Forces Katumba Wamala, the Prime Minister’s wife Jacqueline Mbabazi and IGG Irene Mulyagonja.