It was a wonderful moment filled with love and support for the average Nigerian child as Change-A-Life (CAL) Foundation held a special fund-raising auctioning event tagged “Celebrity Iconic Piece Auctioning” at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos on Thursday, April 5, 2017.
The auctioning event which was held as a part of the Foundation’s social service activities for the year 2018, had several dignitaries and celebrities in attendance, including former First Lady 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 the unwavering commitment of Mrs. Abimbola Fashola to the foundation and it activities.
Also in attendance were representatives of the famous talent and event agency, Temple Management Company, Mr. Hamza Idris kutigi; popular OAP and Television Host, Adenrele Olufemi Edun, ‘Denrele Edun’, who anchored the event; Ugochukwu Monye, principal head of famous Ugo Monye Menswear Fashion brand and official tailor Big Brother’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu; Toyin Lawani of tiannahsplacempire, another fashion brand, Susan Eyo-Honesty of Eve2000, Ms. Funmi Iyanda, the founder of Change-A-Life Foundation, Jude Odion Ighalo and Mrs. Abimbola Fashola, represented by Mrs. Azeezat Tijani.
Change-A-Life (CAL) Foundation, a social non-profit organisation passionately 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 in order to raise more funds for the continued support of academically sound, well-mannered students who are facing financial constraints.
Speaking during the event, the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Sekinah Ayeyemi stated “that the event was held in line with the organizations mandate to promote, protect and preserve the rights and welfare of children in Nigeria, especially in the area of academic development.”
“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 (CAL) would definitely become enabled to support the development of more children and the protection of their rights” Ayeyemi said.
Ayeyemi further 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 our beneficial.
In appreciation to the foundation for its immense contribution to the advancement of child rights as well as the social and academic development of the average child, several past beneficiaries of the foundation commended the founder, Ms. Funmi Iyanda and appreciated her 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 receive as a beneficiary of the foundation which took care of my fees from primary level of education until I finished from the university. I pray that God continues to bless and increase them.
Ayeyemi also appreciated all the supporters and sponsors of the event for their unwavering commitment towards improving the wellbeing of the average Nigerian child in communities all around Lagos and beyond. “We really appreciate all the dignitaries, celebrities and VIP who have demonstrated their love for the children of this great nation by supporting this event; we say a big thank you to all,” Ayeyemi said.
She finally called on other corporate institutions to support the Foundation as well as other similar organization 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.
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About Change-A-Life Foundation
Change-A-Life (CAL) is a social service non-profit organization with the mission to act as a bridge between people with academic, entrepreneurial, and leadership potential yet in dire of great need with individuals, agencies and organizations with the capacity and willingness to meet these people’s needs.
The organization was founded by Ms. Funmi Iyanda, Nigeria foremost TV talkshow host and humanitarian as a project in 2002 but it has since metamorphose into a fledging non-profit organisation with over 150 beneficiaries still under its care. Our program delivery is channeled through Educational Scholarships, Small Business Grants, Young Adult Mentoring, Adult and Community Education, Women Empowerment, and Civic Engagement.