Through its Together4ALimb initiative, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, a member of Standard Bank Group, has continued its quest to provide succour for children living without limbs.
Recently, Stanbic IBTC organised the fifth annual Together4ALimb Walk to draw attention to the plight and challenges faced by children living without limbs. This 2019 edition of the walk was flagged off by Yinka Sanni, the Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC.
In his opening remarks, he identified the Together4ALimb initiative as a key event organised by the company to restore hope to the hopeless. “At Stanbic IBTC, we focus on three areas to help our communities.
We focus on health, education and economic empowerment. Together4ALimb is one of the most important projects which we organise annually,” Sanni said.
This year, the organisation raised the number of beneficiaries to 10, the highest since the inception of the programme five years ago. The recipients of this year’s prosthetic limbs are 5-year old Zainab Qudus (Oyo State), 6-year-old Iyanuoluwa Adekoya (Ogun State) as well as the trio of Aisha Abdulrahman (Kaduna State), Fatima Bishir (Katsina State) and Naomi Ezeamaiwe (Delta State) who are all 10 years old. Others are Umaima Kabiru and Shamsiyya Adamu who are both 11 years from Kano State. Abdulfatai Abdulazeez (Kwara State), Salamatu Husseini (Bauchi State) and Halimatu Sadiya Musa (Borno State) are all 13 years who also got prosthetic limbs under the Together4ALimb initiative.
Dr. Demola Sogunle, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, said the number of beneficiaries was increased this year in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Stanbic IBTC.
“In the past, we had fitted 20 beneficiaries with prosthetic limbs. Since we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, we felt that this number should align with the number of beneficiaries.
In 2019, we wanted to be sure that we end up with 30 beneficiaries and we have been able to achieve that,” he said.
Chief Executive Officer of Reddington Hospital Group, Dr. Adeyemi Omobowale, noted that the loss of a limb produces a permanent disability that impacts a person’s self-image, care and mobility which ultimately affects a person’s quality of life.
He commended the Together4ALimb initiative, which he said would give the beneficiaries the hope they can leverage on to achieve their God-given potentials. “As we all know, the goal of rehabilitation is to help the individual return to the highest level of function and independence while improving their physical, emotional and social wellbeing. I therefore commend the Stanbic IBTC team for this initiative to promote the rehabilitation of those who have lost their limbs, by providing them with one of the most effective methods which is the prosthetics; which brings them much closer to living a normal life,” Omobowale, who was the special guest of honour at the event, said.
Till date, the Together4ALimb scheme has provided prosthetics for 30 beneficiaries. All recipients under the scheme will have their prosthetic limbs replaced annually until they are 18.
Amongst the success stories of the scheme is Happiness Matthew, who has written her Senior Secondary Certificate Examination and Polytechnic JAMB examination.
She is awaiting admission into Nasarawa State Polytechnic to study Mass Communication.