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SMACK old boys raise Shs 17.3m for new A-level block

The plan to construct a three-storey A-level classroom block at St Mary’s College, Kisubi (SMACK) is taking shape.

This after its old students held their annual re-union dinner at Royal Suites in Bugolobi on October 20 to contribute towards the ongoing Shs 2.9bn project.

The dinner was called to raise Shs 500m but at least Shs 17.3m in cash and Shs 196m in pledges was registered at the event where the vice president, Edward Ssekandi, was expected to be chief guest.

In a speech read for him by the minister of Relief, Disaster Preparedness and refugees, Hilary Onek, Ssekandi urged former students to raise more funds towards completion of the classroom block.

“As an old student of this great school, I implore you to come back home and donate generously towards filling the development agenda of the school,” Sekandi said.

He contributed Shs 5m while Onek supported the fundraising drive with Shs 3m before launching the old students' web portal. He encouraged the alumni to monetize the portal to help them accomplish other school projects.

At the event, the outgoing old students president, Eng Joseph Eyatu, commended the alumni for the spirit of giving back to their school.

Founded about 110 years ago by the White Fathers, SMACK is one of the oldest schools in the country.

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