Oezlem Kösker won lunch at the Pebbles Bar at the top of Roche tower. Melanie Auer, Head of Controlling at Roche Pharma, had offered this at the Bid for a Boss charity auction in April.
Oezlem Kösker picked the right day to redeem her Bid for a Boss. Melanie Auer took her up, as promised, to the Pebbles Bar at the top of Roche tower in Basel. Melanie reports they had a wonderful time: “It’s great that this way you meet nice people you wouldn’t have met otherwise.”
John Uwaeke’s charity Catalyst4Change has not only profited from the money raised at the charity auction: John reported last week that he received three laptops from one of our alumni. John will take these to Nigeria in August. “We are in contact with an orphanage home and another rural school in Eastern Nigeria to donate laptops and support the education of motherless children,” John reported.
From left Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric who offered the outing to winners Enzo Scannella, a visiting professor from University of Palermo and two visiting students from Mexico Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza.
A boat ride, sunshine, wine and chatting about marketing – Prof Dr Nikolina Fuduric’s offer at the Bid for a Boss was actually auctioned off twice and raised CHF 440 for C4C. “Winners” were visiting professor Enzo Scannella from partner University of Palermo and then visiting students Diego Aguilar Ortega and Juan Arellano Mendoza from Mexico.
The foursome all reported having a wonderful afternoon with the boat ride, wine, coffee and cake forming a great background to lively and interesting discussion. The offer was one of 15 up for auction at the Bid for a Boss 2017 event which raised over CHF 3000 for both the C4C charity set up by alumnus John Uwaeke to support children’s education in rual Nigeria and for the IM Alumni Graduation prize.
(In case you were wondering – we hope to forward the funds to C4C within the next days – we were waiting for all the bids made to be paid into our account.)
Kelechi Madu. Paying forward.
This is Kelechi Madu. He is 17 years old and comes from a humble family in a rural community in eastern Nigeria. Normally, he would have completed primary school and probably become a child labourer. Secondary school or university would have been very difficult if not impossible. John Uwaeke heard about the bright young man and sponsored him through secondary school. This year he will sit his final examinations. Kelechi hopes to study Electrical Engineering or Civil Engineering at university.
It takes more than this diploma though: Kelechi received the opportunity to do a computer course and through the Buddy2Buddy (B2B) initiative he was then given a laptop and trained as a trainer. He is now one of 2 pioneer instructors who are a vital link in the Catalyst4Change programme. It is not enough to simply collect or buy second-hand laptops and donate these to remote and poor communities and schools in eastern Nigeria: the children need to be taught how to use them.
Without B2B or C4C, Kelechi would not have been able to develop his tenacity for learning and his innate leadership abilities. Without a laptop, or computer skills, he would have little chance of competing for a place at university. His self-esteem has blossomed, he is training other young people in IT and through that more youngsters will have better chances to succeed at school but also to have options to stay and work in their communities and not join the many who are forced to seek work in the cities.
Bid for a Boss. 27 April. Register now. And bid generously.
Free entry. Bar (including a mixologist) and soup from the Suppenstube at reasonable prices. Nibbles and ice-cream for free.
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