Monday, January 14, 2008

DHL staff lifts UNICEF with N6.5m

The DHL International office in Nigeria has lifted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with N6.5 million, reports UGOCHI NKWOCHA.

The donation was made to the Nigerian UNICEF, according officials of DHL Nigeria Limited, is to aid the UNICEF’s immunization programme, specifically mapped out for polio eradication.

Giving details of the breakdown made available to Champion Infotel, the Country Commercial Manager, Mr. Grant Mowat said that the management and staff of the company contributed N3,250 million each in support of this initiative.

The programme, he said, was as a result of a unique collaboration between UNICEF and DHL Nigeria employees’ who donated a percentage of their monthly salaries with DHL Nigeria matching the staff donation and remitting the total amount to UNICEF Nigeria yearly.

He also reiterated DHL’s commitment to support the eradication of polio in the country and thanked the staff for sustaining the fund, urging them not to relent.

He further called for collaboration from the private sector, non-profitable organizations and government to help eradicate polio in country by 2010, stressing that it’s only by such effort that the child killer disease could be eliminated.

Equally commenting, chief of UNICEF in Lagos, Mr. Karim Akadiri who was represented by the supply and logistics officer and private sector fundraising specialist, Mr. Narendra Shrestha, expressed appreciation for the contribution.

He pointed out that funding is one of the challenges facing the eradication of polio in the country.

“Eradication requires regular immunization activities to ensure that each and every child is reached many times by the vaccine to be fully protected against the disease” he said.

He affirmed that DHL Nigeria is the only company where staffs contribute to support UNICEF’s mandate for children in the country, adding that this is a testimony for DHL’s love for children.

He urged others organisation to emulate this gesture for the benefit of Nigerian children.

Speaking on behalf of the staff of the company, president, senior staff association, Segun Owootori, chairman maritime worker union Idowu Akande (DHLUNIT) both commended the UNICEF in its efforts in enthroning healthy future leaders, adding that they were happy to help children and are ready to do more.

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