Sheraton Abuja /UNICEF Road to Awareness Walk 2013 gathers 1, 000 participants

Posted: November 14, 2013 in travel & tourism
(From Middle): Barrister Halima Alfa (representative of special guest and Wife of Vice President Nemadi Sambo) alongside the General Manager of Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Mr.Boris Bornman, the Resident Manager-Mr. Ayo Anjorin, the Public Relations Manager and UNICEF Ambassador, Ms. Nanji Tyem and son with other Executive Committee members of the Sheraton Abuja Hotel, dignitaries, invited children and other participants during the Sheraton Abuja Hotel/UNICEF Road to Awareness walk.

(From Middle): Barrister Halima Alfa (representative of special guest and Wife of Vice President Nemadi Sambo) alongside the General Manager of Sheraton Abuja Hotel, Mr.Boris Bornman, the Resident Manager-Mr. Ayo Anjorin, the Public Relations Manager and UNICEF Ambassador, Ms. Nanji Tyem and son with other Executive Committee members of the Sheraton Abuja Hotel, dignitaries, invited children and other participants during the Sheraton Abuja Hotel/UNICEF Road to Awareness walk.

Over a thousand Branded participants representing various organizations, government bodies, schools and orphanages recently converged on the foyer of the Ladi Kwali Conference Centre of the Hotel, weekend, as the Sheraton Hotels Abuja, organized its annual 5 kilometre walk for charity in conjunction with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Nigeria.

Themed; The annual UNICEF “Road to awareness walk” 2013, the event which had as Special Guest of Honour, Hajia Amina Mohammed Namadi Sambo- Wife of the Vice President, who was represented by Barrister Hajia Halima Alfa (A member of the PDP board of trustees and Committee member of Sure P) was also graced by other dignitaries and their family members.

Top Management officials drawn from national and multi-national corporations as well as government agencies including the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in persons and other related matters (NAPTIP), Capital Hotels plc.-Owners of Sheraton Abuja Hotel, True Expressions, NIPOST, Measure Evaluation Nigeria, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Total Health Care Trust, the Diplomatic community and the management staff of the Sheraton Abuja Hotel,  the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) country Representative-Miss Jean Gough for Nigeria also ably represented by Mr. Samuel Momanyi were present to grace the event.

This year’s campaign focuses on education projects for less privileged children in Nigeria and Cameroon.

Remarking, General Manager of Sheraton Abuja Hotel-Mr. Boris Bornman said: “We have aligned our efforts with that of our sister hotels globally to raise over $500,000 to help 8,000 very poor and excluded children in Cameroon and Nigeria get a chance at enrolling in school and the right to an education.

“The projects funded will be supporting the minority Baka population in Cameroon and the Nomadic population in Nigeria. Both these groups suffer the effects of exclusion due to their culture”.

The General Manager further explained that UNICEF and Starwood are working together to make sure children from these groups get the same opportunities as other children.

The UNICEF Ambassador for the Hotel and Public Relations Manager, Ms. Nanji Tyem in her speech emphasized that “UNICEF Activities in 2013 will support 20 schools in Nigeria and 15 in Cameroon to develop a better learning environment for boys and girls, including renovation of schools water and sanitation facilities, school furniture and learning materials”.

Tyem added that “In Nigeria, 3,000 disadvantaged nomadic children from very poor families will be supported to enrol and stay in school. Training of 150 teachers in child centred teaching and Disaster Risk Reduction to help protect children during emergencies”.

Stressing further, Bornman stated “in this light we are proud to be a part of this effort to help our children by empowering them with one of the most important tools for success (Education) as they develop into worthwhile adults”. Our entire hotel team will consistently be committed to adding value to the lives of school children”.

The 5km Walk which normally takes an hour featured motivational music and dance from various bands.

The walk rounded off with a grand reception party in which speeches were read by sponsors.

The UNICEF representative delivered the keynote address on the objective of the initiative (part of Starwood’s Global CSR strategy -moving forward to focus on ‘Opening Doors to Opportunity’ through education).

Barrister Halima Alfa in her the parting thanked Starwood Hotels & Resorts World Wide and the Management of Sheraton Abuja Hotel for the initiative, just as she equally appreciated the efforts of all the corporate sponsors.

The Solid Base International Academy alongside Joseph Jorin International Schools, Comforter International, kick start academy, Blossom kids, Stella Maris, Day Spring school, FACADO Orphanage were on hand to thrill the audience with their dance/song presentations.

Highlight of the event was a raffle draw. The grand prize winner gladly went away with an AirFrance/KLM ticket to any destination in Europe while other prizes included Weekend stays at Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort, Sheraton Abuja Hotel, lunches, dinners and free swimming and swimming lessons at Sheraton Abuja hotel.

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