Oscar Onyema, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has disclosed that a total of N63 million has been raised by the local bourse through its Cancer awareness and fundraising campaign that started in 2014.
According to Onyema, the money was raised through sponsorship and participation of several companies.
“We are pleased that NSE Corporate Challenge has grown into a signature cancer advocacy and fundraising event that many institutions are fast associating with to contribute their quota in raising awareness and funds to fight cancer”, said Onyema
The NSE boss also announced the donation of the sum of N20 million to support initiatives focused on promoting early detection as well as increasing awareness and advocacy for cancer-related causes in Nigeria.
Onyema announced the donation during the 2019 edition of the annual NSE Corporate Challenge held last weekend.
In his speech, Onyema said “we are pleased to have hosted a very successful 6th edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge which recorded over 800 people in attendance. In addition to the total proceeds from previous editions, the Exchange has committed to donate a sum of N20 million to scale up impact in screening and early detection of cancer.
These funds will be channelled for the implementation of specific cancer-focused projects in partnership with technical partners”.
The donation, NSE said, will be used to bolster ongoing efforts by NSE’s technical partners to improve access to cancer supportive services and increase access for those in underserved communities to qualitative cancer consultation regardless of their level of health insurance or ability to pay.