On Saturday, many people headed to Serena hotel Kampala for a charitable cause.
While the day was all about raising money to save former news anchor Rosemary Nankabirwa’s life, it was an interesting place to be for name-droppers and car enthusiasts. Unfortunately, Nankabirwa died just hours after the successful fundraising drive organized by her colleagues at NTV.
In total, Shs 33m was raised at an event where NTV staff did most of the car washing. But away from the sad events on Sunday, how often do you get MC Kats, Dave Dash, Douglas Lwanga, Sheila Nduhukire, Pablo or Judith Heard to give your car a scrub?
Heard arrived with a team wearing black T-shirts labeled JH before she bought herself a white T-shirt with Nankabirwa’s face and wore it over her black Bob Marley one. She later reached for a bucket of water and joined Deception’s Maama Nalweyiso (Sarah Kisawuzi) and NTV’s Robin Kisti to wash one of the rides.
The event was predictably punctuated by selfie breaks from beginning to the end. Fashion collector Brian Ahumuza arrived with his white dog Papi, as if it was a dog show. MC Kats used the chance to sit on top of Bebe Cool’s Hummer during part of his live show Xposed that was airing live from the car wash.
President Museveni’s convoy did not come for a quick wash but he sent Shs 5m through his aide, Sarah Kagingo. It was a day of socializing and getting hands dirty and wet for a good cause.
The beneficiary may have passed away hours later upon arrival at Aga Khan hospital in Nairobi, but Ugandans at least demonstrated that when they put their minds to helping, they actually do.
Within days, the fundraising drive that also included mobile money and bank donations had raised more than the required Shs 100m for Nankabirwa’s specialized treatment.
NTV says of the Shs 110m collected for Nankabirwa – which may increase because people were still sending money by Monday – Shs 50m is going to be put aside for a yet-to-be-named cancer cause. Well, at least Kampala tried. Hope she felt the love Godspeed, Nankabirwa!
Source : The Observer