The Wife of the Vice President, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo Flags off 2011 Sheraton Walk for UNICEF
ABUJA, 23 October 2011— Hundreds of people gathered at the Sheraton Abuja Hotel on Saturday 23, October 2011to participate in the annual Road to Awareness Charity Walk organized by the hotel to raise awareness on the plight of children around the world.
The Wife of the Vice President of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Hajia Amina Namadi Sambo flagged off the event at the grounds of the Sheraton Abuja at about 8:30 a.m. along with the Minister of State of the FCT Mrs. Olajumoke Akinjide, Wife of the Honorable Minister of Health Mrs Christiana Buchi-Chukwu, wives of the Ministers of Interior and Youth Development, Representative NAPTIP and the General Manager of Sheraton Abuja, Mr. Morten Ebbeson.
Also, top dignitaries from Government parastatals, the diplomatic community, children from local schools and orphanages and corporate sponsors such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Airtel, Indomie Noodles, 7UP Bottling Company etc. participated in the 7-km walk that started and ended at the Sheraton Hotel.
The Sheraton-Starwoods Hotels Check out for Children campaign has been an extremely successful one- of mutual benefit to Starwood and UNICEF, and benefiting children all over the world. Through this campaign, Starwoods and their guests have raised USD$25 million to support UNICEF’s life-saving programmes for children throughout the world since 1995.
This year, the focus of the charity walk is to supply vital equipment and education materials to children across the world. Pens and paper, adequate textbooks, and proper school furniture are just some of the essential commodities which will allow a child to pursue basic education of good quality.
Her Excellency, Hajia Namadi Sambo stated that “the walk was a right step in the right direction” she called on other corporate organizations to emulate the initiative by Sheraton and made a commitment to be a part of the walk anytime she was called upon.
“At UNICEF, we hold that every child needs an education. Investing in children’s education is the foundation for developing an enlightened and productive workforce; and making sure that every single child has a chance to go to school and receive a quality basic education is very closely aligned with an equity approach to development” said Ms. Lone Hvass, UNICEF Chief of Communication (Media and Partnerships) in the good will message delivered on behalf of the UNICEF Country Representative.
The event featured prizes and treats such as a return ticket to Europe courtesy KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and weekend stays at Sheraton Abuja and Ibom Resorts for the walkers who came out to support UNICEF.
UNICEF depends entirely on voluntary donations; corporations and individuals are major contributors to the organization’s work. For over 60 years the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health, nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.