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kanu betterLegendary ex-footballer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Kanu Nwankwo will be organizing a fundraiser on the 14th of March, at the Congress Hall in Transcorp Hilton Hotel, at 5pm.

The aim of this fundraiser is to realize $35 million (N5 billion) that will be needed to build a Cardiac Specialist Hospital, one which would offer its services free of charge to afflicted children and at a highly reduced cost to adults.

The Coordinator/Trustee of Kanu Heart Foundation, Onyebuchi Abia, expatiates, saying “when in full operation, the centre should save an average of 250 children and 100 adults heart patients per year through the free surgery initiative of the foundation. Heart patients between the ages of 0-12 will also receive free surgery treatment, while patients above 12 years old will be treated at a highly-subsidized fee. It would also save this nation about $5million annually and reduce capital flight.” Kanu added “The truth is that we have done 452 in all. We started from UK and it was quite expensive. On one child we have to spend between 15,000 and 20,000 pounds sterling and we are talking about the cost of operation alone. “We are not talking about flight, accommodation and feeding. We were forced to seek alternative in Israel where it is less expensive and we are able to touch more kids. All the same it is still expensive.” Dignitaries expected at the event are President Goodluck Jonathan as the Special Guest of Honour, Chief Olusegun as the Father of the Day and Ibrahim Babangida as the Chairman of the ceremony. Well-meaning Nigerians, corporate bodies and multinational companies are also invited and implored to be generous in their donations. To make donations directly, please click here.

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This article was first published on 13th March 2013

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