By Amechi Obiakpu
Stanbic IBTC has enrolled 45 more children into its annual flagship corporate social investment initiative, Together4ALimb, bringing the total number of beneficiaries to 100 in nine years.
This was revealed during this year’s event held last Saturday, November 25, 2023 at the company’s corporate headquater on Walter Carrington street, off Ozumba Mbadiwe, Victoria Island, Lagos.
This year’s event which was with the theme: “Wellness in Motion,” saw each of the 45-child awarded with an educational trust fund of N1,500,000, and being included in the Stanbic IBTC program.
Stanbic IBTC says the initiative is designed to provide succour for the children who have lost their limb in the society as well as provide educational trust fund untill they are 18 years.
In a chat with journalists at the event that attracted participation from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT, Bridget Oyefeso Odusami, Head, Brand and Marketing, Stanbic IBTC said, Together4ALimb initiative is one the bank’s ways of giving back to the society.
She said the initiative was very important to Stanbic IBTC because “we felt that we can’t be in a community and not impact it and we drive Nigeria’s growth hence it has to be across board not just for a select few and we feel that, this will make most impact to these children”.
“The adults that we are dealing with, the business men who does business with us, we think that if we don’t start by capturing them young we wont get them when they are older and because they have some form of disability they are excluded, so, we decided to play in that niche, where we found out the children- some of them are in the universities and imagine if they do not have limb, how would they have been able to cope?” she querried.
She noted that the bank work with IfeanHealth, a health care organization, who identifies the people in need of the support and sign them on.
“Our partner, Ifeanhealth, go around looking for these children, accessing and evaluating them once they are recommended to be fitted, we then take them on board. Kit them with prosthetic limb whether the arm or leg and then give them an educational trust fund until they are 18 years.
“The good thing is that this impact not just the child but the family because we are taking a huge burden from their parents or guardian so that these children can focus on doing what you and I do on a daily basis rather than limping,” she said.
On his part, Ejike Ani, Chief Executive, IfeanHealth, Provider of prosthetics in Nigeria, and partner to Stanbic IBTC said for the past nine years the bank has ensured smile on the faces of children who have challenges with their limb by providing them with prosthetics.
“These kids have been victims of trauma, accident at home. Stanbic identifies children from low income families who naturally would not be able to afford prosthetics and provide for them as well as educational trust fund of N1,500,000 per child and they will be changing the limb until they are 18years.
“Today is a mile stone bringing together people from the 36 states of the federation including Abuja. As expressed by the Group CEO, they said this year they want to do a quantum leap- from 10/10 to 45 beneficiaries this year- its massive. This is pan Nigeria, all states covered. We are happy for this children, who can now do virtually everything their peers are doing which ordinarily they may not have been able to do. Thanks to Stanbic IBTC because its their sponsorship that is powering this,” he pointed.
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