As the ninth edition of the East Africa University Games (EAUG) come close, the host, Uganda Christian University (UCU), is calling for more sponsors who are willing to help meet the Shs 1.2 billion needed.
About three quarters of the money has been collected so far. Addressing the media on Tuesday at UCU, Anny Katabaazi, the president of the local organizing committee, said there are sponsors who promised to renovate the sports grounds, but have not yet done so.
“If you know of anyone we can reach, please give us the contacts. We don’t mind how much they give us. Money is money, we shall take it,” said Katabaazi, who also doubles as UCU deputy vice chancellor for finance and administration.
On the same occasion, Lion Assurance and Centenary bank contributed Shs 5.3m and Shs 5 million respectively. Lion Assurance has also pledged Shs 50m in form of insurance towards injuries that UCU students would get during the games.
“That means any student from UCU who gets an injury will be entitled to Shs 5m on medical,” said Newton Jazire, the managing director of the company.
Movit Products pledged 50 balls, full sets of all jerseys for team UCU for semifinal and final matches, 50 skin guard hampers, skin guard soap for all participants, and a trophy for the overall winner. Richard Musani, the Movit marketing manager, told The Observer that all this costs about Shs 10m.
Early this month, Joint Medical Stores (JMC) offered Shs 5m to help the organizing team in the preparations. Some 56 universities from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda have already confirmed their participation in the games that will run from December 17 to 21.
A total of 5,067 participants, including university officials, are expected. Participation is restricted to students who are under 29 years of age.