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Record Sh56million raised for Tororo Broadcasting Network in one week

FILE PHOTO: A radio studio. Tororo is set to have a new radio on air later this year

Tororo, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A record Sh56million has been raised in one week, as efforts to get Tororo Broadcasting Network (TBN) on air by August hit a new momentum.

After last week’s virtual fundraising graced by HRH Moses Steven Owor The Kwar Adhola, a promise by Geresom Okecho-Ochwo, chairperson of the TBN Board, and also head of its fundraising committee that August was now a realistic target, immediately received a positive response.

On top of the sh18.83 million in cash and pledges from the fundraising, an additional sh38 million was received in the last seven days by TBN fundraising committee treasurer Constant Othieno Mayende.

Area MPs Oboth Oboth and Emmanuel Otaala each immediately honoured their sh10million pledges. Other sons and daughters of Tororo district who responded included Tanga Odoi, who added sh1million to an earlier sh5m contribution, while Christine Alupo added sh2m to the TBN fund, as did Bernard Obel, Eunice Owino, Moses Opondo and Ofwono Opondo sh1m each.

Because of new travel restrictions imposed to contain COVID-19, the second and last Tororo Broadcasting Network (TBN) fundraising drive was held virtually on Saturday 12/06/2021.

Ahead of the final fundraising, TBN had close to sh300m in cash and pledges, and the plan was to raise sh200 million in this final phase. The funds drive is therefore still sh144million short of its target.

Tororo Rock to get a new voice in its bosom. The new radio is expected to dominate the Tororo airwaves.

UCC license costs to the tune of Sh45 million, have already been pledged by the area MP, Apollo Yeri. Already in place is a house offered by Ambassador Bernadette Olowo- Freers at Tororo central business district that will be repurposed and wired to host the radio. This will offset a budget of sh6m annually in rent.

“We have identified and held preliminary discussions with a reputable media consultant to undertake recruitment and training of technical and other staff in preparation for launch of TBN. The same consultant will also develop programme content for the radio,” Geresom Okecho-Ochwo said at the final fund raising.

A Sh600 million funds drive to establish a radio to serve Tororo district and beyond was last year initiated by the Tieng Adhola Cultural Institution (TACI), with appeals going to potential donors in Uganda and abroad.

First Fundraising

At the first fundraising in November 2020, Kwar Adhola Moses Owor challenged the clans to spearhead the drive to mobilise support for the radio, which he said will be a main vehicle for communication.

“Our people are praised for being hardworking. Now is the time for the Jopadhola, each of them, to show what they are capable of,” Kwar Adhola said.

A bid from a participant on Zoom being relayed at the first fundraising in November. The second fundraising drive raised sh18.83 million, that was followed by cash and pledges of sh38 million.

📌 FUNDRAISING DAY TOTAL – Sh18.83 million

📌 CASH received this week – SH36.75 MILLION

📌 PLEDGES – SH1.3million

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Banking and mobile money details

The committee has opened collection bank accounts with DFCU Bank Limited, Acacia Branch to ease the fundraising drive.

TACI have also included a GoFundMe initiative (GoFundMe ) online as one of the ways to raise funds. It is organised by Prof Robert Owor at Albany State University.

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ACCOUNT NO (UGX): 01063658295260
ACCOUNT NAME: TIENG ADHOLA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
BANK: DFCU BANK LIMITED, ACACIA BRANCH
SWIFT CODE: DFCUUGKAXXX

ACCOUNT NO (USD): 02063658329257
ACCOUNT NAME: TIENG ADHOLA DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
BANK: DFCU BANK LIMITED, ACACIA BRANCH
SWIFT CODE: DFCUUGKAXXX

📌 Treasurer, Constant Othieno Mayende Mobile Money (MTN: 0772 590464 or Airtel: 0751 233470)

📌  Website: Jopadhola.com  (CLICK)

📌  GoFundMe (click)

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