A fundraising event, ‘Keep Calm and Ceilidh On’, was held in Kampala on Thursday night aiming to raise funds as well as awareness for Mildmay’s paediatric services.
In Uganda 18,000 children are receiving anti-retroviral treatment; 2,500 of whom are being treated by Mildmay Uganda. Mildmay’s Elizabeth Ward, an in-patient unit, currently treats 500 children from under-privileged family requiring specialist care.
Children are admitted to the Elizabeth Ward with conditions such as HIV, meningitis and malaria. Mildmay estimates that it costs them 50,000 Ugandan Shilling ($20) per day to provide the in-patient care these children require but currently offers these services at no cost to the patient or family.
The evening attracted revellers from across the world. Steffi Sowinski, a German currently working in Uganda researching HIV/AIDS, commented on the evening saying, “It’s amazing to be here. Mildmay does such wonderful work. It’s really invaluable. Children are the future of Uganda and Mildmay is nurturing that future.”
Robert Mulindwa, a Counsellor working at Mildmay who specialises in engaging the children with music and singing, commented that “The children get so much out of singing together, it takes their mind off why they’re there. These extra-curricular activities are a central part of the holistic care the children receive at Mildmay.”
The evening was made a success with the generous support of the Ugandan Caledonian Society that arranged for members of the Dave Hall Ceilidh Band to come all the way from Glasgow, Scotland for the event.
Photos from the event can be seen here.