BrandArena: Why we are supporting Kanu Cardiac Centre - Diamond CEO

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Why we are supporting Kanu Cardiac Centre - Diamond CEO

Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc, Dr. Alex Otti, has said the bank is   playing a major role in the fund raising for the N5 billion Kanu Cardiac Heart Centre as it is an organisation devoted to  touching the lives of people positively.

The CEO stated this in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, last Thursday at a N5 billion fund raising event for the proposed Kanu Cardiac Centre in Abuja, saying, "As a bank that gives back to society, we see it as part of our corporate social responsibility to support organizations that are touching the lives of people."

According to him, “For us in Diamond, this is not the first time we are supporting initiatives such as this, we have a few things that we are doing on our own and we also use avenues like the Kanu Heart Foundation to support society to ensure that life gets better for the less privileged and to also ensure that people have hope in life.”

He also said, "We should all in our own little way support people who are less privileged. We should thank God if we were privileged, we shouldn't take it for granted because the reality is that some of those people we saw, out of no offence of their own and their families are under privileged today and if society turns its eyes against them, they may probably die or go into permanent disability. I advised everybody who have been blessed in one way or the other to give a helping hand to the less privileged."

The Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) is a non-government, non-profit organisation founded by world renowned footballer, Kanu Nwankwo to help needy Nigerian children with cardiac diseases to obtain life saving surgeries within and outside the country.

The vision of the foundation is to put back smiles on the faces of children suffering from heart diseases as well as their family members, friends and relatives. Since its launch in 2000, KHF has successfully helped 425 children of varying ages get free heart surgeries in hospitals across the world from Europe to Asia.

However, with the increasing number of heart disease patients on the foundation’s waiting list, the foundation deemed it fit that the establishment and building of a Cardiac Specialist Hospital would save more lives and also greatly save cost.

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