The Children and HIV/AIDS Programme of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria has received N1 million cash backing from instant noodle makers, Dufil Prima Foods Plc.
The instant noodles manufacturer has provided financial support to the tune of one million naira towards the successful hosting of the annual UNICEF Private Sector Football Tournament, which provides a platform for raising awareness and funds for the important issue of caring for children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
Speaking during the cheque presentation at the Surulere office of Dufil Prima Foods, the PR Manager of the company, Temitope Ashiwaju, said, that "the fight against HIV/AIDS is important. With these combined efforts, we can better the HIV/AIDS situation and help ease the effects on both organisations’ greatest asset, the children," he said.
According to him, the company is pleased to be associated with the event, which, he believed, will serve also as a new way of both organisations ‘working together’ in the interest of those concerned.
In her reaction, the Private Sector Fundraising Assistant of UNICEF, Adejumoke Alagbe, thanked Dufil Prima Foods for the gesture and for believing and agreeing to partner with her organisation. She noted that partnership with UNICEF has always been splendid and will definitely benefit the recipients.
Alagbe said that the purpose of the tournament is in conjunction with the World Aids Day. A day set aside across the world to raise fund and create awareness around the issues surrounding children that are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
"So what we do at UNICEF is to organise a football tournament each year through the support of the private sector. So, members of the private sector organisation will come together to play five-a-side football tournament."
Alagbe explained that about ten organisations cutting across the various sectors of the economy will be participating in the five-a-side football match at this year’s event scheduled to hold on Saturday November 8, 2008, at the Kings College Football Pitch, Victoria Island.