Staff of Nigerians; leading telecommunications company, MTN, have commenced its annual Staff Volunteerism Programme, 21 Days of Yellow Care across the country to support the nation’s effort at stemming the scourge of malaria in the country.
The Programme which started on May 1, will run simultaneously in all parts of the country where MTN has its offices and personnel till May 21, 2010.
The Corporate Service Executive, MTN, Nigeria, Mr. Akinwale Goodluck while explaining the details of the programme said the programme provides opportunity for staff of MTN to render health support particularly in the area of malaria to the people.
He said “another season of 21 Days of Y’ellow Care offers us an opportunity to lend our support to general efforts to kick out malaria from Nigeria and indeed Africa. Malaria is responsible for nearly one million deaths a year in Africa with 90 per cent of them being children under five years and MTN is poised to help fight against this”.
While noting that the programme was consistent with MTN’s commitment to contributing to the socio-economic well being of its host communities, Goodluck revealed that the programme which was initiated in the year 2007 has for the past four years offerred a unique platform to get MTN staff involved in showing love, care and attention to the people and the environment they work and live in.
He stated that during the exercise, the staff members would be visiting and donating assorted household utilities, including insecticides-treated mosquito nets to the less privileged in orphanages, hospitals and other related institutions across the country.
Goodluck also revealed that huge Yellow baskets have been placed at convenient locations in all the company’s offices nationwide for staff members to drop personal effects that are no longer needed but can be of tremendous value to the less privileged members of the society.
He said two teams have been created to ensure the success of this year’s edition of 21 Days of Y’ellow Care which include: Team Educate and Team Eradicate.
“Staff members are free to join any of the two teams in a number of activities ranging from conducting awareness seminars on malaria and other health issues to carrying out environmental sanitation exercise aimed at improving the quality of life in the communities.
While noting that this was the fourth edition of the programme, Goodluck expressed hope that this year’s programme would leave a landmark impact on the lives of the people-MTN host communities.