…Foundation raises £13,000
Posted by Sade Williams
Banking on its success in the past years, the IA-Foundation held the 3rd edition of her annual charity event on Saturday virtually via zoom and had attendance of almost 200 people.
The Annual Charity event was an opportunity to socialise and network, whilst raising funds to take Nigerian children off the streets.
The Theme of the event was #ImpactingLives.
The Foundation is indeed on a mission to breaking barriers such as poverty, security and other societal challenges that could prevent a Nigerian child from having access to formal education.
Led by CEO/Founder, Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo, a Chartered Accountant and Education Advocate, who has a vision to ensure every Nigerian child is educated to reduce poverty and improve social mobility.
To support this vision, the IA-Foundation organises the flagship fund-raising event annually with the aim to raise funds to enable the Foundation to achieve its objectives.
The 2022 virtual event was endorsed by popular music star – Davido.
The Headline sponsors of the 2022 Virtual event are British Airways and Halogen Security and it was organised by a 10-man Organising Committee made up of high-profile members of the community both in UK and in Nigeria.
This committee was chaired by Mr Tolu Deru, a gentleman with brilliant organisational skills.
The event featured high profile Guest Speakers including Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, the President/CEO of Human Capital África and Former Minister of Education who highlighted the dangers of what the high rate of out-of-school kids portends for the future of Nigeria as well as the change she made during her stint as a Minster for Education in Nigeria.
Pastor Ituah Ighodalo – Founder of Trinity Church, gave comparison on how seriously education was taken in the past and now and Zuriel Oduwole – Internationally acclaimed Education Advocate who challenged everyone to do something to reduce the out-of-school numbers.
The Fundraising was done by a versatile fundraiser – Mr Tunde Falode.
The event gave all participants the opportunity to brainstorm and proffer ways in which we can reduce the number of out-of-school children as well as improving the standard of education in Nigeria.
There was good music and a raffle draw was held which had the Star prize of British Airways return ticket to London from Nigeria.
A notable project embarked on by the Foundation in 2021 was the Borehole project at Makoko which drew local and international accolades due to its impact on the community.
There were scholarships given to students as well as distribution of educational resources.
In the buildup to this event, two 10KM Charity walks were organised in the UK and Lagos by the Founder – Mrs Ibironke Adeagbo and the Operations Manager – Mr Dami Cole together with Volunteers respectively to raise awareness and funds for the Foundation and ensure the Nigeria children are off the streets.
Speaking on the occasion, Adeagbo said: “I am all about catalysing, Ialways have been, but especially in the last couple of years, as I relish the opportunity to invest in so many people through the Foundation.”
According to a survey by United Nations, the population of ‘out of school’ children in Nigeria has risen from 10.5 million to 13.2 million. The highest in the world. Ibironke believes this cannot be right, nor fair.
“We need to change this narrative and very quickly too”! The education crisis in Nigeria is one that requires urgent, collective, and concrete action to surmount. At IA-Foundation, we do not believe that we are the solution to this problem, but we do believe that we are a part of the solution.
A total of about £13,000 was raised on the night of the event. The IA-Foundation set up in 2019 was setup to reduce the out of school children in Nigeria.
To date, about 12 children are fully sponsored by the Foundation with much more number receiving educational resources.
The Foundation’s website is www.ia-foundation.org