On Saturday 9th February 2013, Adeola Ian Randolph Foundation (A.I.R), a recently established foundation for Asthma held its first charity fundraiser – A football tournament and fun day or children at the AstroTurf, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The charity fundraiser was held on the 1st anniversary of the death of Adeola Ian Randolph, who passed away following an asthma attack in February 2012. The foundation was setup in his honour, bearing his initials. The event set to be a yearly gathering, was organized by friends of Adeola with the objective of raising money for charity, helping to build awareness of the Asthma condition and raise funds for research, care and equipment.
The event kicked off with opening prayers by Pastor Funmi Harrison of Calvary House and thereafter, Dr Olaleye of Premier Medical Centre spoke on Asthma, its origin, symptoms, who is likely to suffer from it and how to manage the condition. The day was a huge success with 12 teams signing up for the tournament and over 750 spectators in attendance.
A total of N2,999,300 was raised, all profits go to the A.I.R Foundation for Asthma. Money was raised via entry charges, refreshments, sales of merchandise, donations and a hugely patronized raffle draw with prizes including R&R Luxury Skincare Hampers, 3 x Pamper Packages from BarazahiSpa Lekki, Tiffany Amber Shopping Vouchers, Jewels by Ariaba, Dining packages from Paris Deli Victoria Island, Nail spa packages from QM Lounge Lekki, PhunkAfrique Shopping Vouchers, Luxury Valet from Car Spa, Limited Edition Necklace from Tebazile, Dinner for Two at Façade in Victoria Island, Crystal Candelabras from Pride & Joy Interiors and 3 manicure/pedicure packages from P&J Beauty Lounge Lekki.
About the Adeola Ian Randolph Foundation (A.I.R Foundation) for Asthma
The Adeola Ian Randolph Foundation (A.I.R Foundation) for Asthma was set up in 2013 in memory of Adeola Ian Randolph who passed away on Tuesday 7th February 2012 after suffering a severe asthma attack in his home. He was a healthy, sporty 32 year old who had been living with Asthma for 16 years.
The Randolph family has set up the foundation to raise funds that would be geared towards creating awareness of the condition, fund research into Asthma, buy and donate life-saving equipment to institutions and individuals in need. They aim to become a channel of communication between Asthma sufferers in Nigeria and the Nigerian government and key healthcare professionals/decision makers to ensure that their plight is heard and quality of life is improved.
To raise enough funds towards;
- Creating awareness of the condition
- Educating “sufferers” on how to spot and manage the condition with relevant information and equipment
- Providing an Asthma hotline that people can call when they require information or emergency advice on Asthma
- Donating Inhalers, Nebulisers and other equipment to hospitals and patients in need
- Working towards having specialist Asthma Clinics across the length and breadth of Nigeria
- Creating mobile workshops that will travel around Nigeria, visiting schools and educating children on the condition, how to spot it and if you have it how to manage it.
- Implementing a system where hospital spot-checks take place ensuring that asthma equipment is in place, working efficiently and managed round the clock by trained staff
- Funding Research into Asthma in the hope of one day finding a cure
- In the absence of proper emergency services in Nigeria, providing fully trained mobile paramedics who can attempt to treat sufferers on location during a crisis
Special thanks to A.I.R Foundation’s print sponsors, Moving Media