FirstBank Nigeria Limited has pledged its support for the 2017 Annual Awareness Week of the Down Syndrome Foundation that commenced on Monday.
The bank explained that the 2017 edition was not the first time it would be supporting the initiative, saying that it had over the last eight years partnered and participated in several initiatives by the non-governmental organisation that was founded 17 years ago.
The bank stated that its partnership and support to the Down Syndrome Foundation was in furtherance of its Hope Rising Initiative designed to provide various forms of interventions for persons living with disabilities as well as create advocacy and public enlightenment for them.
The event with the theme: â€œYes (I, YOU, WE) CANâ€¦ Make A Difference,â€ was projected to feature activities such as press briefing, family fun fair & novelty match as well amongst others.
According to the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications of FirstBank, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBankâ€™s partnership with the Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria was in demonstration of the bankâ€™s consistent and unwavering support for the welfare of persons living with disabilities and in line with its advocacy and public enlightenment for the Down Syndrome disorder.
â€œFirstBank is committed to bridging the gap between children/adults with Down Syndrome and the rest of the society which perfectly mirrors FirstBankâ€™s commitment regarding the disability,â€ she added.
Only recently, FirstBank organised a week long Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability event themed â€˜Promoting Kindness; Putting You Firstâ€™, held in September 2017 and organised to reignite acts of kindness in our society. The event was designed towards re-orientating the society along the right values; encouraging the citizenry to intentionally create positive impact in their immediate environment.