In line with its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes, Addax Petroleum last weekend, hosted less-privileged children from different charity homes in Lagos, in a party, where it presented variety of Christmas gifts to them amidst fun and funfair.
The event organised by the Addax Volunteers’ Club, began with an early morning road walk, around some parts of Lagos, to create awareness on the need to show love, care and support to the less-privileged in the society. At the party, there was cocktail and music concert, where the children were refreshed and thrilled.
Items presented to them were bags of rice, cartons of Indomie, beverages, clothes and toiletries. The charity centres, who collected the presentations on behalf of the children, were also supported with cash donations to help them in their financial responsibilities.
The beneficiaries included children from Cerebral Palsy Centre, Surulere; Bethesda Nursery and Primary School, Matogun, Ifo LGA; Heart of Gold Foundation; Makoko Children Centre, amongst others.
Speaking on the sideline of the event, General Manager, Supply Chain Management and Nigerian Content, Addax Petroleum, Mr. Valentine Agwu, said the gesture was to raise something to charity and by extension, give back to society, adding that, that is part of Addax’s objectives of being a good corporate citizen in Nigeria.
“We know life is generally hard. There is recession in the country, people are losing their jobs, and we thought this is the right time we’ve got to remember the less-privileged, especially the children,” Agwu said.
He noted that the event was also intended to motivate the children and make them aspire to be like the staff of the company. “It is inspirational as well. That means despite where they are today; they can aspire to work in big companies like Addax.”
Agwu revealed that apart from hosting such events for the children, the company also runs scholarship programmes in communities of its operation.“We have a lot of that programme in AkwaI bom State; we have in Imo State as well, where we have our facilities. So Addax really is in the business of giving back to the society,” he added.