Former Nigerian international, Austin Okocha has unveiled a charity organisation tagged, Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation at a world press conference held at i-naira.com digital hub in Ikoyi, Lagos.
According to Okocha, the primary objective of the Foundation is to use football to raise awareness on the strategic importance of education, peace and unity for the economic growth of Nigeria. He noted that “as a non-profit organisation, Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation will be focused on raising finance through sales and auctioning of football memorabilia especially those belonging to the founder (Jay-Jay Okocha) for charitable purposes.
It includes raising finance through the organisation of testimonial matches that will attract big ticket sponsorship and donors to the course of the Foundation and through outright solicitation of support from the general public. He noted that he will use the game of football as a means of contact and collaboration with communities that shelter acutely deprived children and youths in Nigeria and elsewhere.
As well as assisting vulnerable people around the world access minimum opportunities that is required to motivate people to build an independent, dignified life for themselves.
Just as these creative footballers entertained Nigerians during their active days on the pitch, they have brought a fresh breath on how to raise ethical funding for charity by appointing a professional auctioning company i-naira Integrated Resources Ltd to handle its needs for funding raising through auction by means of organising events as well as showcasing items donated to the foundation on their auction website for bidding.
Mr Hillary Nwaukor, CEO i-naira.com reiterated what the company represents, he said “i-naira.com is a value bargain platform designed and implemented by Nigerians to be the first of many as regards to meeting expectations of consumers. The company began a pre-launch marketing campaign since the 7th of February geared towards building a robust customer base for the launch of its auctioning product (iNairaBid) by the 1st of August 2016.
He noted that it is on record that i-naira.com will be the first technologically driven auctioning platform in Nigeria that is positioned to compete on a global scale.
Determined to give back to the Society, the former Super Eagles’ skipper said that “football changed my life and I am going to use football as a tool to impact Nigerian lives positively”.
He stressed that the foundation will focus on supporting the most vulnerable and less privileged children and that he is willing to raise the required finance to sponsor this good cause by selling cherished items acquired in the course of his professional career and i-naira.com meets their expected need to ethically raise money through auctioning.
During the Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation event, a NIKE Jay-Jay Okocha Foundation Jersey was unveiled to the press and the first live bid took place where Mr Eddie Lawani emerged the highest bidder at N260,000. The auctioning session was conducted by Mr. Hassan Adeleke, Registrar /Ceo Certified Institution Of Auctioneers, Nigeria (Cian).