Private sector companies and West Africa Idol, Omawumi, unite in support of Children and AIDS campaign
Lagos, 1 December 2007 – To mark World AIDS Day, eleven companies are taking part today in UNICEF special Football Cup competition in support of the ‘Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS’ campaign. The football tournament takes place at the Sports Complex of UNILAG campus, Akoka, Yaba in Lagos. West Africa Idol Omawumi is Guest Artiste.
The Children and AIDS campaign was launched in 2005 by UNICEF, UNAIDS and partners to call for more action in favor of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, as, for many years, children have been the missing face of AIDS. In Nigeria, the impact of HIV-AIDS on the lives of millions of children is devastating. Although the government launched a national plan for orphans and vulnerable children this year, children who are affected and infected by the disease do not get adequate support, care and treatment they need.
The campaign calls for a wide partnership across all sectors. To this end eleven companies operating in Nigeria are lending their support by sponsoring the ‘Unite for children, Unite against AIDS’ Football Cup with the objective of leveraging resources for specific programmes for children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
‘I am happy to participate in this fundraising event for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. I have a passion for children and would support any activity that would give succour to them. We are not doing enough for children affected by AIDS. We seem to be more focused on adults. The time is now to refocus on children in our fight against the pandemic’, says West Africa Idol Omawumi.
Eleven teams from First Inland Bank, Afrinvest West Africa, Access Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Procter & Gamble, Murphy Shipping & Commercial Services, DHL Nigeria Ltd, Cadbury Nigeria Plc, Intercontinental Bank, UBA Foundation and Globacom will compete today against each other in a 20 minute five-a-side formation to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility towards children infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.
‘The Private sector has a supportive role to play in the implementation of the National plan for Orphans and vulnerable children’, says UNICEF Representative in Nigeria, Ayalew Abai. ‘Private sector initiative like this is crucial to reaching all children with paediatric care, social and psychological support, protection and prevention programmes. I commend your commitment to corporate social responsibility.’
Everything you need to know about the campaign at www.unicef.org/uniteforchildren