In line with its mandate to promote, protect and preserve the rights and welfare of children in Nigeria, especially in the area of academic development, the Change-a-Life (CAL) Foundation recently held a special fund-raising auctioning event tagged ‘Celebrity Iconic Piece Auctioning’ in Lagos.
The event which was held as part of the foundation’s social service activities for 2018, had several dignitaries and celebrities in attendance, including wife of the former Governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, represented by Mrs. Azeezat Tijani, who offered to train all beneficiaries of the foundation’s Women-in-business programme in catering services. She restated Mrs. Fashola’s commitment to the foundation and it activities.
Change-a-Life Foundation, a social non-profit organisation driven by the need to enable and facilitate a better life for every Nigerian child, which was founded in 2002 by Ms. Funmi Iyanda, an award-winning producer, talk show host, journalist and activist, has consistently delivered several empowering initiatives to support children and women.
The foundation, which is known for supporting beneficiaries primarily children who despite the harsh socio-economic situation in the country have shown determination to thrive in their various academic endeavours, decided to hold the event to raise more funds for the continued support of academically sound and well-mannered students that are facing financial constraints.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Sekinah Ayeyemi said: “This auctioning event provides us with the needed support to reach out to more children. We believe that with the proceeds from today’s event, our foundation would definitely become enabled to support the development of more children and the protection of their rights.”
She explained that the event is also remarkable because it marks the celebration of the foundation’s 15th year of putting smiles on the faces of all beneficiaries.
Ayeyemi thanked all supporters and sponsors of the event for their commitment to improving the wellbeing of the average Nigerian child in communities around Lagos and beyond.
She called on other corporate institutions to support the CAL and other organisations as a way of showing their love for the development of the average Nigerian child as well as in continuation of their social development activities.
While thanking the foundation for its contribution to the advancement of child rights, as well as the social and academic development of the average child, several past beneficiaries commended Iyanda for her passion for children.
One of the past beneficiaries, Okon Clement, now a graduate of Tai Solarin University of Education (Chemistry Education) commended the foundation and its founder for their steadfast love for empowering children and youths.
“This foundation has been a blessing to me in many ways. I am a graduate today thanks to the financial support I received as a beneficiary of the foundation, which took care of my fees from primary school level until I finished from the university. I pray that God continues to bless and increase them.”