Seadogs partner foundation to fight breast cancer


The National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, Atlantis Deck, Atlanta Georgia, United States of America has partnered Breast Health Angels Foundation to fight the rising scourge of breast cancer.

Speaking at the 11th edition of the NAS Charity RedBall held at the weekend with the theme ‘Cherry Charm: Supporting Breast Health Angels Foundation’, the NAS Capoon, Mr. Abiola Owoaje, explained that NAS Charity RedBall is an annual event organised by the Pyrates Confraternity, that aims to raise funds for our many humanitarian endeavours to make a meaningful impact in communities.

This was as the charity event raised over $40,000 to support the works of the foundation aimed to supporting medical interventions for breast cancer patients.

Owoaje added that as an international humanitarian and social advocacy organisation dedicated to the pursuit of a just and egalitarian society, its dream is to reach as many vulnerable persons as possible and offer humanitarian services to rekindle hope in humanity.

‘‘Through the NAS Charity RedBall, our modest contributions over the years have covered a wide range of beneficiaries. These include; Child Lifeline, Ibeshe, Lagos, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Uyo Centre, Akwa- Ibom State, Street Children Care and Welfare Initiative, Yaba, Lagos and Orosanya Orphanage, Benin, Edo State.

Also on the list are St Anne’s Catholic Orphanage in Warri, Delta State, Amaudo Itumbauzo Project Comfort School for Children with Learning Disability, Abia State, Special Education Secondary School in Calabar, Cross River State and the NAS Street project.

Our interventions are not restricted to Nigeria as we extend similar charitable gestures to international charity groups. At the NAS 9th Charity RedBall, we raised funds for the Hospital For Sick Children (SickKids), Canada, while at the 10th NAS Charity Red Ball we also raised funds to support the work of Autism Unseen, United Kingdom.

This year, our focus is to raise funds and support the amazing work Breast Health Angels Foundation has been doing. Let me at this juncture commend Dr Chika Okem Akwiwu, aka African Barbie, and Breast Health Angels Foundation for the laudable work done over the years. Their dedication and resilience to stay the course, fight and raise awareness on Breast Cancer is inspiring.

Also deserving of accolades is Atlantis Deck for their years of financial support and collaboration with Breast Angels Foundation. Efforts and gestures such as that of the Atlantis Deck to Breast Health Angels Foundation go a long way to define the essence of our humanity.

Also speaking, the Capoon of Atlantis Deck, Mr. Ani Almona Oluku, said this year proceeds from the NAS Charity RedBall shall be used to support Breast Health Angels Foundation in Atlanta.

He stated that since Atlantis Deck’s establishment as a Chapter of the National Association of Seadogs in 2001, it has been steadfast in its commitment to community betterment.

As mandated by our esteemed organization, we have strived to leave our community better than we

found them. With each of us encouraged to make a tangible impact wherever we go, Atlantis Deck has embraced this ethos wholeheartedly, consistently challenging our members to give their all for the betterment of our community.

Throughout the years, we have engaged in a plethora of community enrichment initiatives, all aimed at uplifting those around us. From our enduring participation in the Adopt a Road programme in Gwinnett county to our steadfast support of the Cancer Walks organized by Breast Health Angels, we have sought avenues to make meaningful and lasting impacts.

Going down memory lane, the founder of Breast Health Angels Foundation, Dr. Chika Okem Akwiwu, said at the age of 36, she was faced with breast cancer, turning her adversity into a catalyst for change.

Akwiwu said she underwent a double mastectomy after early detection which later served as the catalyst for her transformation into an ambassador and the vision behind the Breast Health Angels Foundation.

Since its inception in 2016 the organization aims to empower women facing breast health challenges through awareness, education, and advocacy, ensuring that no one battles alone.

A highly elated Akwiwu commended NAS for founding her foundation worthy of the partnership aimed at bringing succor to breast cancer patients, adding that she looks forward to more of such collaboration in the future.

The event also had a raffle draw session where various prizes were won by members and invited guests to raise additional funds for the foundation.

Mike Ojo

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