AS part of its corporate social responsibility, CSR, and its initiative at supporting good causes, FirstBank Plc will tomorrow join Nigerian children living with Down’s Syndrome to mark this year’s World Down syndrome day in Lagos. The bank is supporting the Foundation through its Hope Rising Initiative, HRI, designed to provide health and welfare support for disabled persons.
The partnership according to the Bank is aimed at providing succour for people living with the disorder as well as supports the advocacy platforms of the Foundation.
The Bank began this partnership in 2009, and has since supported various activities of the Foundation such as the annual Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week, the annual Inter House Sports competition and recently, the Hope Rising Drama Series, a 13th episode radio drama series designed to highlight the challenges of Down’s Syndrome and explore efforts at combating the disorder by providing a platform for advocacy and public enlightenment.
The radio programme was aimed at encouraging listeners to adopt prescribed codes of behaviour as they relate to issues with Down syndrome.
The Foundation Annual Inter House Sports competition, which is in its seventh year supported by the Bank is aimed at improving the physical and intellectual development of persons living with Down’s Syndrome through sporting activities designed to inculcate appropriate skills and values such as good sense of judgment, hard work, integrity, confidence and inter-relationship.
Speaking on the activities lined up for the Day, the Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, stated that FirstBank is a patron of the Ivory House (Blue House) at the Inter House sports competition and the Bank’s participation at the event will customarily include staff participation to encourage members of the Blue House during the various sporting activities as well as identify with the children of the Down’s Syndrome Foundation.
She said the Bank has supported the Foundation over the years to ensure medical and educational intervention as well as social integration.
“It is our delight to build an inclusive society which will put the children first, enable them to attain their highest potentials and contribute their quota to national development sometime in the future’. She said.