Gambling for a Good Cause

Usually infectious disease and casino are not words that work well together in a sentence, yet last Saturday made that happen successfully too.

This, as the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) hosted a fundraising dinner at Emin Pasha hotel. This was the first time the Red Ribbon Ball was being held and by the look of things, it is set to be an annual event. Corporate companies including Uganda Telecom, Kakira Sugar, Imperial bank and individuals stepped up to support the cause.

The money raised through different activities went towards IDI’s programmes such as research, to fight infectious diseases. There were many activities lined up for the night. The charity casino was by far the biggest catch as many were excited to try their chance at roulette and blackjack.

Some were seen getting instructions from the people manning the tables about how to go about the games. At stake was Shs 1m for the player with the highest number of chips by the end of the evening.

In the silent auction room, guests placed bids on items including a return ticket to any European destination courtesy of Turkish Airlines, safari packages by Wild Places and Nile River Explorer, among others. All proceeds went towards IDI. Once the night’s serious business was out of the way, it was time to get up and dance to the sounds of Tony Kololo and the Matoke Meltdown band.

The band, made up of expatriates, mainly plays British and American music including rock, Motown, Ska and pop music. The band’s renditions of popular songs such as Mr Big Stuff, Tide Is High and Let’s Get It On, among others, kept guests on their feet until midnight.

Source : The Observer

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