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MTN fulfills Mama Bag Pledge

Release date:3/17/2009

Kampala, Uganda: Telecommunications giant, MTN through its annual MTN Kampala Marathon has fulfilled its pledge to the Mama Bag and Return Kit project, a Uganda Red Cross initiative geared towards bettering the lives of expectant mothers in Northern Uganda.  Around UGX 67 million was raised from the 2008 edition of the MTN Kampala Marathon and is expected to help more than 1,300 mothers re-start their lives.

“This is a great gesture of care from all the people that took part in the marathon with intention to help the mothers in Northern Uganda. To all our corporate friends that participated, we are sure the beneficiaries will highly appreciate your input,” said MTN’s Chief Executive Officer, Noel Meier who further called upon more corporate companies to support the cause. “As MTN we pledge to support the project whenever called upon.”

In his gratification remarks, Uganda Red Cross’ Secretary General, Michael Nataka echoed the same message; thanking all the people that participated in the marathon, requested more to take part in this year’s event and also hinted on the scope of work that still lies ahead.

“Our rehabilitation project in Northern and Eastern Uganda is to cost UGX 9 billion but by the end of 2008 we had only obtained UGX 3 billion so this leaves us with a mountain to climb in spite of the sizeable contribution from all the runners through the MTN Kampala Marathon. This therefore explains my call for more people and corporate companies to join the annual marathon,” appealed Nataka.

The partnership between the Uganda Red Cross Mama Bag project and MTN celebrates its fifth year and so far over 10,100 expectant mothers have benefited. 

About the MTN GROUP
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As at 30 September 2009, MTN recorded 108,4 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East. Please visit www.mtn.com andwww.mtnfootball.com