This Day (Lagos)

5 September 2008

Nigeria: Charity Concert for Calabar Children Hospital Holds in Lagos

Lagos — All is set for the charity concert in aid of the Calabar Women and Children Hospital in Cross River state scheduled to hold at the Civic Centre in Lagos on Saturday , September 13, 2008.

The concert that is being organised by the Child Survival and Development Organisation of Nigeria(CS-DON) is to be sponsored by the telecommunication giant, MTN. Other sponsors include the United Bank for Africa(UBA), Dangote Group, Virgin Nigeria, WAMCO, Eko Hotel and others.

Disclosing the plan for the fundraising concert at a media briefing in Lagos yesterday , the International Consultant for CS-DON , Dr. Tanya L. Merritt, said the hospital building in Calabar was already in place , stressing that the concert was being organised to raise needed funds to equip the facility with state-of-the-art medical equipment in preparation for its eventual take-off.

"The idea is to bring international care-givers to Nigeria to assist in providing first class medical services to children and women who will be treated free of charge at the hospital," she said.

The project, according to Dr. Merrit, is the pet project of the former First Lady of Cross River State, Mrs Onari Duke, noting that the idea was to give something back to the society, especially the vulnerable women and children of Nigeria .

Already, the American music crooner, Freddie Jackson, is billed to perform alongside Nigeria's sensation, Sunny Neji, Hope Davis and Caroline Nderitu at the concert .

According to a release issued in Lagos by Sonny Neme , Principal Consultant, Lizony Event Mataz, "The MTN-sponsonsored event is a charity concert organised by CS-DON in support of the Calabar Women and Children Hospital."

The release which also quoted Dr. Merrit further revealed that the keynote address will be delivered by Dr, Sola Odujinrin of the World Health Organisation while the special guest of honour will be Mrs Dorothy Anyang Nyongo.

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