The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) said that it has concluded plans to hold the 6th edition of its Corporate Challenge scheduled for July 6, 2019, in Lagos.
Instituted in 2014, the NSE Corporate Challenge is a one-day competitive and fun-filled 5 kilometres walk, jog and run event, designed to create awareness on the early detection and raise funds to support the fight against cancer in Nigeria. The day’s activities will also include dance, aerobics, music and entertainment. Winners in the various race categories will be recognized at the medal presentation ceremony.
This year’s event will bring together participants from listed and non-listed companies, dealing member firms, government institutions and other non-commercial organizations; as well as celebrities and other notable Nigerians to support the fight against cancer.
Globally, cancer has become a major source of morbidity and mortality. Data from the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that 9.6 million people died from cancer in 2018, 70per cent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. In Nigeria, an estimated 116,000 new cases of cancer and 41,000 cancer-related deaths were recorded in 2018.
Speaking about the event, Head of Shared Services Division of the Exchange, Mr. Bola Adeeko said, “In the past five years, NSE has taken a leadership position in raising cancer awareness and increasing advocacy, leveraging its access to a vast network of employees and clients of listed companies, dealing member firms, well-meaning individuals and other stakeholders.
“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through diet and frequent exercise has been proven to be an effective approach to reduce the risk of cancer. This is why NSE has chosen sports as a vehicle to raise awareness and advocate for change.
“The NSE Corporate Challenge provides an opportunity for collaboration to scale up access to cancer screening services, promotion of early detection, as well as the provision of treatment and palliative care services to diagnosed patients. From past editions of the NSE Corporate Challenge, we have raised N63, 362,624, through the support received from corporate, dealing members and wellness companies. I, therefore, call on institutions and individuals to support this cause with the goal of multiplying efforts to prevent avoidable deaths. Together, we truly can overcome the scourge of cancer for future generations”, said Adeeko.
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