BY FRANCIS EMUKULE, DOUGLAS OLUM & LHWANZU KITOOKE
“Some people are so poor that the only thing they have is their money. Because they don’t give, they are devoid of God’s grace and abundance.”
These were the words of Reverend Alex Bwambale during the UCU Sunday service at All Saints Cathedral Nakasero on September 30.[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240"] Reverend Alex Bwambale[/caption]
UCU Sunday was gazetted by the Anglican Church House of Bishops in 2017 as a day when all Anglican Christians gather to pray for and contribute financially to support the university.
The 2018 UCU Sunday was celebrated under the theme, “The kind of giving that God loves.” And the funds raised from it will be used to buy more equipment for the laboratories at the School of Medicine.
“Brethren, you haven’t started giving to God until you have given your whole life. I urge you to give generously to UCU,” Bwambale said.
At Namirember Cathedral, the Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, told the congregation that “forgetting to give thanks is a weakness everyone must fight.”
“As a private institution, it is quite expensive for us to run without enough funding and if we raised our tuition to suit the operational costs it would be too expensive. That is why we have come to you to ask for your hand of help,” Dr Elizabeth Bachwayo, the dean of the School of Research and Postgraduate Studies, said.
The target for the 2017 fundraiser was Shs150 million. However, only Shs80 million was raised.
At Sts Phillip and Andrew’s Cathedral Mukono, Dr Olivia Nassaka Banja, said Christians should continue supporting UCU in order to sustain the developments so far registered in Mukono.
Banja said if not supported, the university could collapse and that would reflect on every member of the community currently running hostel businesses, restaurants, entertainment, money transfer or sale of merchandise.