By Sola Ogundipe
The Mayor of Green-wich and the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom are among 500 persons taking part in the 8-kilometre charity walk tagged “Walk4Wish” billed to hold Saturday August 20, 2011, in the South East area of London in the United Kingdom.
The walk, 4th in series, is aimed at drawing attention and raising awareness among Nigerians in the UK, about the deplorable health situation faced by underprivileged Nigerians back home in Nigeria.
In a chat, convener of the initiative and founder, Wish For Africa – a UK-registered NGO, Dr. Femi Olaleye, said the Walk4Wish event is a vital fundraising tool deployed towards the numerous healthcare projects in Nigeria for the benefit of the underprivileged, he noted, suffer daily due to lack of access to affordable healthcare.
Olaleye, a Diaspora returnee, said he set up the Wish for Africa as a direct response to the humanitarian needs of the less privileged living in poor comminities in Nigeria, and the need for these people to have access to decent and affordable healthcare.
The walk, is being put together in partnership with the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (CANUK), with support from Arik Air, Best Western Hotel, Ikeja, lagos, Nordica Fertility Centre, Lagos and a host of others.
In partnership with local health facilities namely the Optimal Medical Center group, the NGO has successfully delivered subsidised healthcare to innumerable beneficiaries over the years.
Earlier this year, the NGO’s efforts in breast cancer and cervical cancer screening was boosted by a substantial donation from the wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola.