Lagos: May 1, 2011: In a unique celebration of this year’s Worker’s Day, staff of First City Monument Bank (FCMB) Plc, have made valuable donations of food, unused household items, clothing materials, and other non-perishable items to orphans and vulnerable children in Lagos and other geographical zones in the country.
In Lagos, staff of the bank visited and made donations to the Society for the Safety of the Insane and Destitute (SOSAID).

SOSAID is an implementing partner of FCMB under the bank’s community investment initiative. Since 2007, staff of the bank have continued to make regular voluntary donations in support of about 300 persons who would otherwise have been destitute and a burden to society. The Institute has FCMB's steady support on a monthly basis with contributions from FCMB staff to assist with workers’ salaries and the general up-keep of the institute and the in-mates.

In the South East Zone, staff of branches in the zone visited orphanages in their respective locations where they also made donations to the children in the homes. One of the orphanages that benefitted from the donations is the Ahiaeke - Ibeku Motherless Baby Home, Ahiaeke-Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State.

Handing over the gift items to SOSAID on behalf of the staff in Lagos, Ms Felicia Obozuwa, FCMB’s Vice President, Consumer Banking, reiterated the bank’s commitment towards the communities in which it operates.

“As part of our Corporate Citizenship in the celebration of May Day, 2011 we at FCMB have chosen to take a higher road by showing our connection to the less privileged in our society”.

She explained that the May Day visitations and donations were aimed at identifying with the staff of the institute and celebrating the special place children hold in the lives of Nigerian families and inspire them to become great men and women in their life time despite their early life challenges.

SOSAID’s National Coordinator, Mrs. Felicia Martins while thanking the staff of FCMB for choosing to celebrate the 2011 May Day with the children at the institute, enjoined other well meaning Nigerians and corporate bodies to emulate the FCMB gestures by extending assistance to the vulnerable and mentally challenged in the society.

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