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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Multilinks Staff Light up Abuja Children Home with Xmas Gifts

Employees of Multilinks Telkom in Abuja, last weekend, lightened up the lives of some less privileged children at the Abuja Children’s Home at Karu, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) with Christmas gifts and party, Adelani Ashamu reports.

The staff of the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) service provider telecoms company donated bags of rice and packets of all kinds of daily need items including toothpaste, toiletries, mattresses, several cartons of Indomie etc for the use of both the children and their caretaker.

The Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Mrs. Ijeoma Abazie  who led the Abuja regional staff and their Head, Mr. Aminu Tijani, said the gesture of the gifts and Christmas party for the less privileged in Abuja was an action by the staff to respond to the inventiveness of the head office, by giving a yuletide treat to the children at the Karu children home.

“The event is in line with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)  of Multilinks to touch lives. The core value of our corporate social responsibility, regardless of whatever budget we have for our social responsibility, is to see other ways of enriching the society behind our products and services. That is to give back to the society, the key reason we are in business,” she said.

Also, she said the management of the telco felt that outside its own duties, there is a need to encourage the staff, in their own individual ways to touch lives of people around them.

“What we are witnessing today is part of the Good Samaritan Blue Basket initiative that kicked off in the Lagos region. Here, staff were encouraged to give whatever they could and share with the less privileged,” she declared.

Additionally, Abazie noted that the function was a continuation of inculcating the culture of touching lives, not only in workforce but the generality of Nigerians.

Mrs. Abazie disclosed that from Abuja, the train of the staff donations to the less privileged will move to the Eastern region of the country where the physically challenged would be given aid-equipment.

She explained “Our next destination is the East; we will give out equipment like wheel chairs to the needy physically challenged in the hospitals and homes like this. We are determined to reach as many as possible this yuletide period”

Ensuring that the essence of the yuletide was felt by the home, a Christmas cake was provided which the children and the Multilinks staff cut together before everybody took to the dance floor.

There was enough for the children to eat and drink at the event which lasted about five hours.

Commenting on the event of the day, the Pharmacist-in-Charge of the home, Pharm. Tijanni Muftau thanked the Multilinks stafaf for ringing joy to the hearts of the children.

“Though individuals and organizations have been responsive by giving donations to the children during festive periods “but this is the first corporate organization to organize a Christmas party for the children this period. As you can see, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I am sure they are thankful. The materials they brought were very much appreciated too,” he said.

Pointing out that their coming really touched something in the minds of these children.

“This kind gesture has given a sense of belonging to these children. We only pray that others would also be encouraged to contribute to making a difference in the lives of these children”, he added.

Also included among the daily materials donated to the children, were telecommunication devices like cell phones, mobile internet modems, branded tables, chairs and umbrellas.

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