Museveni to north: Emulate Gleeson

stronKitgum- stronPresident Museveni has asked leaders in northern Uganda to emulate philanthropist Irene Gleeson whose charitable work enabled war orphans and destitute children attain medical care and education.

In a speech read for him by Mr Jacob Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Mr Museveni asked the local community to always give back to the needy so as to sustain Gleeson’s legacy.

“These are our children who need to be supported in all ways,” the President said in reference to hundreds of children housed at the Irene Gleeson Foundation (IGF).

The remarks were made at a memorial of Irene Gleeson who died of cancer on July 21 last year.

“It is our responsibility to give (what will sustain them). Emulate Irene Gleeson’s legacy by contributing funds and sponsorship of vulnerable children such that her legacy lives on,” he said.

The Australian spent several years in Acholi sub-region at the height of the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency in which hundreds of people were killed.Gleeson opened up Irene Gleeson Foundation, which helped transform the lives of more than 3,000 vulnerable children.

She died before her dream of constructing a maternity ward was fulfilled. Consequently, at her memorial, a charity walk was organised to fulfill her mission. A total of Shs50 million was collected, with President Museveni donating Shs10 million to the foundation.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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