The fifth edition of the annual Rotary Cancer Run has been boosted with support of eight million shillings from Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that markets and distributes Shell-branded products.

The charity run, is organised to raise funds towards the completion of the Rotary Cancer Ward at Nsambya Hospital in Kampala. Rotarians in Uganda have partnered with various companies to improve testing, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Previous annual runs delivered a new Cancer Ward block at the same hospital.

This year, the Rotary Cancer Run will mainly focus on raising the funds needed to equip the Cancer Ward with a linear accelerator. The linear accelerator is a cancer treatment machine that offers a safer treatment alternative where cancerous cells are destroyed without affecting the surrounding tissue.

The World Health Organisation annual report notes that 16 million people over the world die prematurely before the age of 70 due to non-communicable diseases, with cancer-related deaths being the majority.

According to the Uganda Cancer Institute, there are daily new cases of head and neck cancer which affect the throat, larynx, nose, sinus cavities and, mouth. This has been blamed on the delinquency of alcohol and tobacco use, with the most affected age group being between 30 to 40 year olds.

Vivo Energy Uganda wants to make a real and lasting difference to the communities in which it operates. The company wants to create lasting social and economic benefits for the communities where it operates and engage with them to earn their respect and trust.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, at Shell Bugolobi service station, Vivo Energy Managing Director Hans Paulsen said that the company is honoured to be part of an initiative that will go a long way in ensuring that more Ugandans live a cancer-free life. “Cancer remains a major threat to people’s health around the world therefore the Ward once completed, will help to complement the current limited facilities in the country” said Hans. 

“Cancer prevention, screening, and treatment programmes are very expensive for many ailing Ugandans. It is therefore important for corporate companies to join the Rotary Family in the fight against this burden.” Stephen Mwanje, Past Rotary District Governor and Chair Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme noted. “Rotary is about service to humanity and we are very pleased that Vivo Energy is joining us at the Rotary Cancer Run 2016 to deliver both the Linear Accelerator and a bunker at Nsambya Hospital”, he added.


Notes to editors:

With a vision to become Africa’s most respected energy business Vivo Energy Uganda, the company that distributes and markets Shell-branded fuels and lubricants, was established in February 2013. The Shell brand has been in Uganda since 1953.

Vivo Energy Uganda has a fuels storage capacity of 17,500 m³ and 127 service stations, with many offering Shell Cards and convenience retail stores.

Vivo Energy Uganda employs around 120 employees. The company is recognised as a leader in the oil industry, championing and setting standards for safety.

Vivo Energy provides high quality solutions for motorists and businesses in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Madagascar, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda. Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops and other non-fuel services (e.g. oil change and car wash). For businesses it provides fuels, lubricants and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, and manufacturing. Jet fuel is sold to airports through customers at 23 airports though a partnership with Vitol Aviation.

The company employs around 2,300 people, operates over 1,700 retail service stations under the Shell brand and has access to approximately 900,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity. Shell and Vivo Lubricants has blending capacity of around 125,000 metric tonnes at plants in six countries (Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco, and Tunisia) producing Shell branded lubricants.


Rotary Cancer Run:

“Cancer prevention, screening, and treatment programmes are very expensive for many ailing Ugandans. It is therefore important for corporate companies to join the Rotary Family in the fight against this burden.” Stephen Mwanje, Past Rotary District Governor and Chair Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme noted. “Rotary is about service to humanity and we are very pleased that Vivo Energy is joining us at the Rotary Cancer Run 2016 to deliver both the Linear Accelerator and a bunker at Nsambya Hospital”, he added.


Media Contact:

Jean Mugisha

Vivo Energy Uganda

Tel: +256 776 754100

Email: [email protected] 

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