By Peter Uzoho
Access Bank Plc has announced that the 10th edition of its annual charity shield competition for vulnerable school children in Kaduna State would hold from end of May to 5th of June this year as it continues to partner with the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the Fift Chukker.
The Executive Director, Personal Banking, Access Bank, Mr. Victor Etuokwu said the bank wants to “recommit itself to the things it has been doing”.
“We want to recommit ourselves to the things that we do, especially, around providing value for our communities and trying to be ourselves. As passionate about life, economic development, health care, education, as we’ve always done, so what we want to announce here is that the charity shield competition that we have every year is going to happen this year in schools in Kaduna between the end of May to the 5th of June. And we’ll have the one in London on July 16 which is the Polo Club,” Etuokwu said at a media briefing in Lagos.
He added: “Every year we have this event, we like to make them as interesting as possible as beneficial as we can for orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria. And as you know, for the last eight to nine years we’ve focused our attention on kids in Kaduna. We have done projects around empowerment and positive development and we would continue that. This year will not be different.”
Commenting on the partnership between Access Bank and UNICEF, Communications, Advocacy and External Relations, UNICEF, Mrs. Blessing Ejiofor, commended the bank for the collaboration.
“For UNICEF, the partnership we’ve had for ten years with Access Bank and Fift Chukker is a very laudable one. We are promoting one of the core needs, that is, creating opportunities for disadvantaged children to be able to realise their rights to education,” Ejiofor added.