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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

MTN ends 21-day Y’ello care in style

LEADING Global System for Mobile (GSM) communications operator, MTN Nigeria, has ended its 21-day Y’ello care, last weekend, reports CHARLES OKOH.

The initiative saw about 1,379 MTN staff participating in over 60 activities aimed at touching lives of the less privileged and donating to public institutions.

Speaking during the commissioning of a renovated wing of the Military Hospital on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi-Lagos, the General Manager, Corporate Communications, MTN Nigeria, Mrs. Funmi Omogbenigun, said for four years now, MTN staff volunteers across the 21 operating units in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East used the platform to impact on the lives of the people in their immediate environments.

She also said that this year, efforts were directed at educating the people and galvanizing them to eradicate malaria and that the event presented a unique opportunity to rally against this mass killer of the people.

“It is estimated that one million people, about 90 per cent of whom are children, are killed by malaria every year. This explains why MTN has joined forces with two global campaigns; United Against Malaria and One Goal: Education for all, both of which aim to eradicate disease and poverty from Africa,” she said.

Welcoming participants, the Commanding Officer, Administration, Military Hospital, Ikoyi, Colonel Onaolapo Oladiran, said the initiative by MTN was worthy of emulation to inculcate the spirit of selfless giving and volunteerism.

“When we were notified of the intention of MTN staff to take up the renovation of a wing of this hospital, we did not quite know what to make of it, and even wondered if there would be any cost implications to the hospital. We feel blessed and we are very grateful that our great hospital was selected to be a beneficiary of this wonderful programme,” he said.

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