Dickens Sanomi Foundation pledges substantial grant to Cancer Research UK

Dickens Sanomi Foundation pledges substantial grant to Cancer Research UK

27 May 2015
Dickens Sanomi Foundation pledges substantial grant to Cancer Research UK

Dickens Sanomi Foundation pledges substantial grant to Cancer Research UK to help fund vital prostate cancer research

At a dinner hosted by the Dickens Sanomi Foundation on Thursday 21st May, to honour Igho Charles Sanomi II, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees 40th birthday, a substantial grant was pledged to Cancer Research UK towards prostate cancer research.

The pledge from the Foundation in honour of Mr Sanomi, who recently received a Martin Luther King Legacy Award for Philanthropy,will provide funds to help beat prostate cancer sooner.

The Dickens Sanomi Foundation also pledged support to Save the Children and Oxfam GB to support their work.   

The deaths of 6.3 million children in 2013 were caused by preventable childhood illnesses. Funds pledged to Save the Children will be used to contribute to a reduction in child mortality and ensure the maximum impact for children in the long term. The support will be used to enhance community health workers capacity to diagnose and treat acute malnutrition and other childhood killers such as diarrhoea, pneumonia and malaria.

There are 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, living on less than $1.25 per day, across the world, many of which are in West Africa. In Niger 43% of the population are in extreme poverty. The funds pledged to Oxfam GB will be used to extend programmes that provide the poorest girls and women in West Africa with the skills they need to influence decisions that affect their lives, and with improved access to vital services, such as education.

The event which was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in London was attended by diplomats, dignitaries and representatives of the three charities including major donor, funding, country directors and executive directors representing each charity from UK, West Africa and USA.

Other guests and speakers included: Mr Muhammadu Dikko Ladan, Honorary Consul to the Republic of Niger, Madeline Y Lawson, President and CEO of Washington-based the Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural & Minority Medicine (IAMMM) and President of the International Salute to Dr Martin Luther King Jnr.;  Mrs Samira Sheriff, who works with the Niger Government in the area of energy partnerships, transport and civil aviation; Nuhu Fulani Kwajafa, The Coordinator of the Global Initiative for Peace, Love and Care; Mrs Keji Graham Douglas, Executive Director of The Dickens Sanomi Foundation; representatives from the Imperial College Nigerian Society and the Oxford Africa Conference. 

All pledges by The Dickens Sanomi Foundation were made privately to each CEO and Executive for specific activities.

Mr Sanomi, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, said:  I could think of no better way to celebrate my birthday than by giving back to charities which are making an impact internationally in the world, by providing them with much needed funds to advance their humanitarian programmes for the benefit of so many people with real, genuine and potentially life-saving needs. I will be made this pledge on behalf of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation.” 

Harpal Kumar, chief executive at Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer is now the biggest killer in the world. In the UK alone, about one in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes.

“Therefore we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of people like Igho Sanomi who has made this kind donation to support our research into prostate cancer.  While we’re making great progress in this area of research there is still much more to be done, and this donation will make a big difference to our prostate cancer work.”

Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, said:  “With Mr Sanomi's support, we will extend our vital work across West Africa to provide vulnerable communities, particularly girls, with the skills they need to influence decisions that affect their lives, and with improved access to vital services, such as education.

“I want to thank Igho Sanomi and the Dickens Sanomi Foundation for the amazingly generous hospitality and support to our organisations. It is great to turn our attention to the challenges of people, whether it is with cancer, with children or whether it’s adults across the world.”

Tanya Steele, Executive Director at Save the Children, said: “Save the Children is extremely grateful to Igho Sanomi and the Dickens Sanomi Foundation for their generous support. Together Save the Children and The Dickens Sanomi Foundation will make a tremendous difference in Niger, helping to save children’s lives and ensure they have the best start in life to fulfil their potential.” 

Keji Graham-Douglas, Executive Director of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation, said:“On behalf of the Dickens Sanomi Foundation and the Taleveras Foundation I would like to extend our warmest regards and appreciation for your attendance this evening. Cancer Research UK, Save the Children and Oxfam are charities we are proud to be associated with and hold a special place in our hearts and that of our founder Igho Charles Sanomi II as you represent both the strength of good in human nature and what great things can be accomplished through focused charitable works. Furthermore your indomitable spirit in the pursuit of your causes serve as a benchmark against what we at The Dickens Sanomi Foundation can measure our own philanthropic activities and aspire to. 

“In our tradition of supporting charitable works and to mark the 40th birthday of our founder Igho Sanomi we held this event to show you our commitment and continued support to your causes.”

The new initiatives aim to work in partnership with local agencies and be initiated in the coming months.

 

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