Dana Air Sup­ports NGO to Raise Money for Can­cer Pa­tients

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA - Chinedu Eze

Nige­rian Dana Air has sup­ported can­cer-fight­ing non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tion, Project PinkBlue, to raise over N6 mil­lion to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by can­cer and the treat­ment of two can­cer pa­tients at a re­cent mu­sic and com­edy fundrais­ing in Abuja.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Project PinkBlue, Run­cie C.W. Chidebe, “Our plan was to raise 100 mil­lion to sup­port 56 can­cer pa­tients in Nige­ria, how­ever, we raised over N6 mil­lion. Yes, we didn’t hit our mile­stones, but I am ex­tremely happy that we have used the ‘Show Love’ event to ex­press our com­mit­ment to sup­port peo­ple im­pacted by can­cer. With the do­na­tions, we just paid for two pa­tients’ treat­ment; one was for ra­dio­ther­apy N600,000 and the other chemo­ther­apy. As peo­ple are re­deem­ing their pledges, we would be get­ting them on treat­ment grad­u­ally.’’

He said with the sup­port of com­pa­nies like Dana Air and oth­ers, “we are hope­ful of meet­ing our tar­get. I want to also spe­cially thank Dana Air for con­sis­tently sup­port­ing us since 2015. Dana Air has shown that ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble and we are grate­ful, and urge other cor­po­rate bod­ies to em­u­late the com­mit­ment and con­sis­tency that Dana Air has demon­strated in this fight against can­cer.”

Also com­ment­ing on the ges­ture, the Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­ager of Dana Air, Kings­ley Ezenwa, said: “We are glad to have im­pacted the lives of these pa­tients pos­i­tively, and we hope to do more. We have been sup­port­ing ini­tia­tives like this since we started op­er­a­tions 10 years ago, and have touched the lives of many. We be­lieve that a per­son must be healthy to be able to eat, read, work and func­tion well in the so­ci­ety and as you also know, health is wealth.’’

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