Gbenga George (far right), Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, FrieslandCampina WAMCO and Anthony Abah, (middle) Information Coordinator, Benue State Branch of The Nigerian Red Cross Society, presenting home and school supplies to a parent and her daughter as part of the company’s donations towards resettling flood victims in Benue State.
Staff of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC, makers of Peak and Three Crowns milk have raised funds to help 100 families and 100 school children affected by the recent flood disaster in Benue State. They donated cooking ware and back-to-school supplies to the victims.
A statement signed by Ore Famurewa, Corporate Affairs Director, said that FrieslandCampina WAMCO made the donations in conjunction with the Benue State Chapter of the Nigerian Red Cross Society on Saturday.
Explaining the company’s philanthropic gesture, its Corporate Communication Manager, Nkechi Ejesi, said “Social responsibility transcends momentary relief, and how the affected people will cope when they have returned to their homes is very important.
“We identified the need for school children who were displaced by the flood to settle-in quickly after resumption – hence our intervention with school supplies like bags, sportswear and stationery. Similarly, we distributed cooking stoves to families whose homes had been submerged in water and as a result of this, were left with little or nothing to survive on.”
This social investment is sequel to FrieslandCampina WAMCO’s initial donation of 1,500 cartons of Peak Evaporated Milk to the internally displaced persons in Benue State. The products were donated to flood victims through the Office of Social Investment for the Benue State Government.
“Prior to the disaster, FrieslandCampina WAMCO has maintained a long-standing relationship with the state, made evident in our adoption of Government College Makurdi, year-round upkeep of a charity home and our partnership on the Home Grown School Feeding Programme among other things,” said Ejesi.