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SHACKOBA Launches 1 Billion Campaign

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  • 05/29/2021 07:41:09 am

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Under their umbrella body SHACKOBA, the St. Henry's College Kitovu Old Boys have launched a campaign that is aimed at raising UGX.1Billion to faciliate the construction of the SHACK Centennial Signature Project, which is the SHACK Eduaction Centre. The SHACK 1Billion Campaign was launched on Friday 28th May 2021 at Pope Poul Memorial Hotel in Kampala. Through their different cohorts, the gallant old boys of SHACK aim at raising over UGX 1Billion (One Billion Uganda shillings) targeting 5000 people contributing atleast UGX 200,000= with in four months before the celebrations of 100years of SHACK, scheduled for July 2022. Speaking at the launch Mr. Apollo Kivumbi, the President of the Association said they had organized and prepared to pass on the message early last year but because of the lockdown that was announced to control the spread of Covi19, it couldn't be possible and so they had to reschedule the campaign. He added that he was extremely happy to see representatives of the different cohorts attending and giving in time to se to it that Campaign is launched. He further explained that there is an online tally centre on the old boys website (www.shackoba.org) where people are able to the progress of the campaign on both cohort and individual basis, as far as the collections are concerned. He further stressed that all members who contribute towards the campaign shall be recognized on the Wall of Fame. President Apollo Kivumbi further informed members of the key objectives as to why SHACKOBA was formed in 1965 and among these were; letting the alumni acknowledge gratitude by giving back to the college, to foster close relationship among the alumni themselves, promoting a sense of belonging and Development. He also acknowledged the great work done by the current Headteacher Bro. Augustine Mugabo, Adding that they are proud of Kitovu not only by performance but also infrastructure. Not withstanding other contribution by Old Boys like; scholarships of 20 best and disadvantaged students, the construction of Clock tower and a 20m latrine among others. In his message the Deputy Headteacher Mr. Felix Busuulwa who represented the Headteacher thanked the committee for the idea, embracing college activities plus the ten year strategic plan. He informed members different activities that will keep mobilization to which stakeholders expected to take part like; Medical camps–giving back to the community, fundraising Dinners and Mass prayers. These will actualize UGX 3.5Billion meant for the project. The event was graced by different prominent old boys like Hon. John Byabagambi the Minister of Karamoja Affairs who was the Chief Guest, Rtd. Col. Canon Robert Ssekidde who deliverec a key note address to the guests, SSP Emilian Kayima, Dr. Bukenya Christopher from the NAADS Secretariate, Mr.Robert Ssebandeke, the Chairman of the SHACKOBA Cohort Council, among many others. The Chief Guest, Hon Byabagambi challenged all tye old boys on how they should save little money and give back to their mighty School that made them what they are. “If everyone can contribute three hundred thousand (UGX 300,000) with in three months, the building would be over” Byabagambi said. He added that people must show the will to appreciate efforts. Speaking with our reporter after the launch, the ex-minister applauded old boys for the great work they are doing because the school was largely destroyed in 1978 -79 and emphasized the need for more mobilization for the good cause from the OBS of St. Henry's some of whom are catechists, business people, politicians, priests wherever they are to have a heart of giving because these schools made them what they are and others also need to benefit from it. Hon Byabagambi pledged to go over the bar and contribute 5million, out of which he paid 2million. The former Uganda Police Spokesman SSP Emilian Kayima who is also an OB, giving his vote of thanks, said they are very proud of the college and therefore it's not a choice to mobilize UGX 1B adding that It is also the spirit of St. Henry's to contribute. He concluded by thanking everyone for mobilization. “Let's mobilize and contribute for what we are” Kayima said.