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Championing mental health

The Nnabagereka with some of the guests at the Queen’s Ball. Photos | Gloria Haguma

Kampala Serena Hotel was oozing royalty last Thursday evening and the signs were there. Her Royal Highness the Queen of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, was in the building to for the inaugural Queen’s Ball.

Hosted by the queen herself, the gala aimed at spotlighting the pressing mental health challenges affecting Uganda’s youth, women, and children, while also raising funds for organisations dedicated to addressing these issues.

This initiative, spearheaded by the Nnabagereka Fund and Endowment Fund, seeks to dismantle barriers, reduce stigma, and promote mental well-being across communities.

The Nnabagereka emphasised the significance of collective action in tackling societal challenges, stressing the need for solidarity and shared purpose.

“In a world where challenges and struggles are all too common, it is uplifting to see individuals and organisations come together to make a difference. Through collective action and shared purpose, nothing can hinder us from building a brighter and more inclusive institution for all,” she said.

I&M CEO Robin Bairstow and Head of Marketing Annette Nakiyaga.

The Nnabagreka Fund will be supported by I&M Bank Uganda, which announced a two-year partnership, pledging its commitment to sponsorship between 2025 and 2026.

While addressing guests at the event, I&M Bank Uganda CEO Robin Bairstow affirmed the bank’s stance on supporting initiatives that foster positive change.

“Mental health is a critical issue affecting our communities and we remain dedicated to supporting initiatives that make a positive impact. We are honoured to have played a part in this noble cause and we are delighted to witness the overwhelming support and success of the Queen’s Ball,” he said.

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Thomas Tayebwa shares a light moment with the Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga.

The Queen’s Ball brought together a distinguished array of dignitaries, diplomats, Buganda Kingdom officials, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists, most of whom respected the Black Tie with an African-touch dress code.

The evening also featured a captivating performance by Kenneth Mugabi, whose emotion-evoking sounds added a soulful musical touch to the evening.

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