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PACF partners Cancer Care Foundation on sensitisation, mammogram bus project

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The Pan African Capital Foundation (PACF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Pan African Capital Holdings, has entered into partnership with the Foundation for Cancer Care, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) to raise N200 million for a 3D mobile mammogram bus in Nigeria.

This was announced after a charity golf tournament at the Ikoyi Golf Club in Lagos recently, themed, ‘Swing Cancer Away.’

Chukwumere Nwogu, chairman of the Foundation for Cancer Care, and chief executive officer, Lakeshore Cancer Center, said: “The mammogram bus we want to get is to reach people in rural areas, marketplace, etc, who have less resources and help them screen for cancer. If they find cancer also, we want to help them pay for treatment. Those are the two big goals that we’re looking to accomplish by this event.”

Omolola Ojo, executive secretary of the PAC Foundation, said that the primary motivation behind PACF’s collaboration with the Foundation for Cancer Care initiative was the dedication to offering essential healthcare services to underserved women in our community.

According to her, “These women often lack access to crucial medical examinations, particularly breast  examinations.”

Ojo further said: “PACF concentrates on four key areas: Health, Economic Empowerment, Education, and Environment. This specific initiative aligns with our health focus, especially cancer care and awareness.”

Dele Ige, MD/CEO of PAC Asset Management, also emphasised the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of cancer as well as the need for regular tests, a healthy lifestyle, and preventive measures to avoid becoming victims of this non-communicable disease.

“As sponsors of this initiative, we aim to provide access to necessary care and draw attention to the significance of organisational involvement,” Ige said.

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Amanda Yad-El Ugboji, programme manager of the Foundation, said: “Through past screenings, we have identified several individuals with cancer, reinforcing the need for wider outreach. To enhance our screening capabilities beyond Lagos, we aim to acquire a mobile mammogram bus. Our fundraising target is N200million and we invite everyone to join us in our mission to eradicate cancer from Nigeria and the world.”

Olaniyan Olakunri, vice president, Pan African Capital Securities, said: “We hope that by partnering on this initiative, we can raise awareness about cancer in our society and encourage other businesses within the private sector to support similar causes.”