Hyundai Motors Nigeria has restated its commitment to the socio-economic welfare of the less privileged, promising to be socially responsible and ensure that customers get optimal value on every Hyundai model bought from the dealership.
The company made this pledge in Lagos penultimate week when it donated hundreds of thousands of mosquito repellants to orphanages and psychiatric homes in Nigeria to commemorate the 2012 anti- malaria campaign which seeks to stem the scourge of malaria parasites.
Donating the items, which included treated nets and insecticides at a brief ceremony at the Little Saints Ophanage, Ekoro Road, Abule-Egba, Lagos, Director, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motors Nigeria Limited, Mr. Jatin Nadkarni, said the initiative was part of Hyundai’s contribution to the welfare of the less-privileged. He said the relief materials donated to select homes in various locations across Nigeria were also in fulfillment of the automaker’s global campaign values of ‘touching lives.’
Nadkarni , who lamented the spate of lives lost to malaria scourge annually advocated for the wellbeing of children in orphanages and psychiatric homes. He said it has become imperative to forestall the fearsome risks of malaria scourge that threatens more than 90 percent (about 150.3million) of Nigeria’s 167 million people.
Maintaining that the gesture couldn’t have come at a better time, Nadkarni said it was necessary to half the populations of children vulnerable to malaria scourge especially those aged between six months and five years who account for 52 percent.
At Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Surulere, Lagos, he said that “we have come to greet you, spend some time with you and bring you goodwill message from Hyundai and the message is to show how much we love you and educate you on how best to eradicate malaria and forestall the attendant risks of associated with the scourge.”
Handing over the supplies to the managements of Little Saints Orphanage and Parcelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Suru-Lere Lagos, Nadkarni said: “We are highly encouraged by this recognition which will reinforce our commitment to giving something back to the society that drives our sustenance and commitment towards social responsibility which is firmly rooted in Hyundai philosohy.”
In her acknowledgement, founder, Strong Tower Mission, owners of Little Saints Orphanage, Reverend Christiana Bamidele George, applauded Hyundai gestures, describing the company as relentless and cheerful in her humanitarian gestures to the home.
She said: “Hyundai remains one of our habitual donors that take their corporate social responsibility very seriously.”
Also receiving the gifts on behalf of the Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted, Surulere Lagos, Reverend Sister Benedicta Ogike, Principal of the school commended Hyundai Nigeria for extending relief support to the home, remarking that “the school has been able to check malaria scourge and keep the inmates free from the deadly scourge. And we thank God no fatal case has ever been recorded.”
The Hyundai team also visited orphanages and psychiatric homes in Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Calabar where they donated mosquito repellent materials with a promise to extend the gesture to more states in the country.
The campaign is the third in the series since 2010 when Hyundai Nigeria joined her counterparts worldwide to forestall the intimidating tide of malaria scourge.