At least 35,000 people, including President Museveni, are expected to attend the inaugural annual commemoration of Irene Gleeson, which is scheduled for Saturday at Kitgum District Boma grounds.
Gleeson alias Mama Irene, who died on July 21 last year, after a long battle with cancer, is a celebrated icon in northern Uganda, particularly in Kitgum, for her motherly Samaritan work in a region that was ravaged by war for nearly two decades.
Gleeson founded the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF), an organisation currently taking care of 8,000 children, most of whom are orphans and ex-child soldiers.
The IGF executive director, Mr John Paul Kiffasi, said the function is aimed at remembering the wonderful life of Mama Irene and fundraising for $45, 000 (Shs118.22 million) required to complete her last unfinished project — IGF Maternity Hospital in Lawojo Sub-county.
“In 2012, she got a vision of contributing to efforts of combating the high maternal and child mortality rates in northern Uganda, by putting up a maternity hospital, which we want to complete urgently,” said Kiffasi in a press briefing yesterday.
Mr Kiffasi said the event will involve a 4km charity walk.
Mr Kiffasi appealed to Ugandans to emulate foreigners in leading charity works, saying out of the 8,000 children catered for by IGF, 2,000 children are sponsored by foreigners.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor