by crossriverwatch admin
The Chief Executive Officer, CEO Reach-Out Charity Crew, Miss Frances Undie in a recent chart with CrossRiverWatch disclosed that her NGO has completed production of a slip on foot wear to market and generate income for her cancer awareness NGO.
She described the flip as “Not a drug or any sort of cure. It is a shoe line we designed, created and started but with respect to cancer patients/victims, the slip on with the name tag “FRANCES” is designed and produced to benefit cancer victims and raise funds for other projects still in line with Cancer awareness”.
She revealed that funding has not been easy “It remains the main challenge, people nowadays do not trust anyone especially when it comes to Charity, and considering my young age, there is this doubt of me not being able to pull through with my dream, but am not the type that easily gives up or wait for manner to fall from heaven, so I decided to come up with an idea, which is the making and production of easy wear(slip on) to sell and generate income for the NGO”.
According to her the ultimate goal is to be able to purchase a mammogram machine for all the local governments in Cross River State, “and place them free to anyone who is interested in carrying out a mammogram, women are at a higher risk of breast cancer, and late detection is what causes a high mortality rate in cancer victim, but with the purchase of the machine and a concert to bring people together for a common goal it will help create awareness and educate the public on the menace which cancer can do”.
Continuing, Frances informed that “With time good doctors will be employed who will come together with their various ideas, innovations and contribution to invent a permanent cure for Cancer, all this is what I seek to achieve, the slip on line serves as a medium to generate finance and also foster awareness in the minds of the public”.
The slip on is free for all cancer patients but sells for two thousand naira in the market. They are made in different quality and designs.
“Everyone is at risk of Cancer, the disease knows no race, sex or age, so for every slip on purchased one is not only assured of durability, comfortability and quality, you are also saving a life as the money you use to buy the product is remitted back into the NGO’s account to actualize all the projects lined up”.
The CEO said “I can’t do it all alone, let us all join hands and come together to make our environment a Cancer free society”.
As explained by her “The mechanism I have put in place to identify the cancer patients is organizing, seminars, where doctors are invited on the basis of charity, to give talks encouraging people/listeners that is good to come out and identify that you are not well (cancer wise) that is the first bold step to finding solution for your present state of health accepting who you really are, secondly for those who can’t make it to such seminars, we go into interior villages educating the public on how living with an illness can cause you death which is not the best thing in life, we also share stories of other cancer patients, and also advice on early detection”.
“The collection point(s) for the slip on for now are No. 2 Okoi Arikpo Estate Barracks Road Calabar which is our present secretariat. And St. Benedict’s cathedral or Staff Quarters (Teachers Training College) Igoli Ogoja all in Cross River State.
But no specific time for collection now, it depends on the patient, anytime they want it they can get it from those two addresses or Call me – 08028311781 and will have it delivered or given to you, once you have an evidence to prove your status. Although a small show was organized to create awareness of the product when it first came out, now getting it is by order, Undie remarked.
As a vision she said: “Where I see my crew in the next 5 – 10 years? Well by the Grace of God, we should have actualized our dream, it’s not something impossible, and by the way I don’t believe in the word impossible, so in the next 5-10 years we must have wrapped up this project”.
She further advised the state government to have a representative following social media so that in a little way people like them who are young and creative can be discovered and possibly supported in whichever way possible, “I know, I know that the government already should have a lot on their plates, but there is always a room for some more.
The government should serve as spring board in other to help development and creativity in the State by supporting citizen’s who are interested in making the community a better place.
“The government should also provide a platform where upcoming young adults can meet possible partners in entrepreneurship and NGO partners who will come together to meet and achieve common goals”.
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