CECP unveils Giving Tuesday Nigeria cancer ambassadors
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade told journalists, “This year’s Giving Tuesday NG celebration is to formally make Nigeria a participant in this global endeavor.”
Kolade who is the Programme Anchor of the CECP said the ‘Big War’ aims at taking holistic health care to the grassroots using Mobile Cancer Centers (MCC) and Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCC), and the first phase involves raising funds for 37 MCC, one for each State and Abuja.”
He said, the ongoing war against cancer would be the main target for Giving Tuesday, 2015, and starting from Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 when the awareness will start through to December 15th “we entreat Nigerians to donate towards the national efforts of this course.”
He told The Guardian, “the government is ourselves, and when we have an issue like this which is capable of affecting everybody, then it is prudent to mobilize recourses to supplement the efforts of government.”
He also noted that contributions can be made using some platforms which include sending Attack Cancer Today (ACT) to the SMS short code 44777 on any of the major mobile networks, electronic transfer using the code 777526 or direct bank transfer to First Bank Project Account in favor of CECP, Nigeria, with account number, 2026761622.
In her charge, Chairman Local Organizing Committee, CECP, Nigeria, Mrs. Omotayo Omotosho urged the ambassadors to respond fully to the clarion call, because “we have had enough of lip the services.”
She also said though the government has endorsed the event, they alone cannot do it, therefore they need for all Nigerians to be ambassador-designate to fight this course.
In his welcome address, Sir Remi Omotoso disclosed that, “CECP is an approved body listed under the 5th schedule of the Companies Income Tax Act (CITA), therefore all companies making donations to CECP are entitled to take tax deductions for their donations.”