The second edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge which took place in Lagos on Saturday, May 16, 2015, brought together hundreds of individuals, corporates and celebrities in a 5 kilometres walk, run or jog race through the busy business district of Lagos in the fight against cancer.
2015 NSE Corporate Challenge WinnerSpeaking during the event, the Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, NSE, Mr. Ade Bajomo, said “The fun-filled walk, jog and run event organised in partnership with the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), key publicly quoted companies and Dealing Members, is designed to create awareness about the need for early diagnosis of cancers, as most cancers can be treated if detected early”.
According to World Health Organization, one third of all cancers can be prevented, another one-third can be effectively cured with early diagnosis and palliative care can improve the quality of life of the last third.
“We are proud of the growth in this year’s edition of the NSE Corporate Challenge. This initiative is our flagship CSR event and it means a lot to us. Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this dreadful disease. Through this initiative, we want to provide access for early detection and treatment of cancers so that people can live to their full potentials. The funds raised will go toward the acquisition of Mobile Cancer Centres across Nigeria as we look to save lives”, said Mr. Bola Adeeko, Head of Corporate Services Division at The NSE.
The NSE Corporate Challenge is a professionally organised and volunteer-driven initiative involving over 400 companies listed on the Exchange, broker dealer firms and non-listed companies who identify with the initiative. “This year, we worked in close partnership with various sponsors, media partners and volunteers including Diamond Bank, Lafarge, Caverton, StanbicIBTC Bank, FCMB, First Bank, Guinness Nigeria, GSK, Cadbury, Channels Television, AIT, Nigeria Info FM, TVC, CNBC Africa, Proshare, and Chocolatecity Music Group. The contributions of these companies and individuals assisted in making the event a resounding success” Adeeko remarked.