The February 6, 2016, Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is not just attracting international elite marathoners, athlete managers and journalists, many Nigerians in diaspora are showing interest, and the latest are two Nigerian doctors practicing in the United States of America.
Dr. Blessing Fadaka and Dr. Nurudeen Lawal are coming to Lagos to work as volunteer during the Lagos City Marathon, first full marathon in Nigeria in 30 years.
Both Fadaka and Lawal believed that volunteering during the marathon is just one way of giving back to Nigeria, a country that gave them so much,
Said Lawal, “I’m a trained Nigerian physician in internal medicine and cardiology who happens to be working in the USA,
“My medical training in Nigeria was mostly tuition free and my goal in life is to take any opportunity to contribute to the development of Nigeria hence I offer my services where needed’’.
Lawal who learnt about the marathon from Fadaka decided to volunteer because as a firm believer in physical fitness, he believed that contributing in any way to encourage the culture of running or fitness is good.
“A large program like this will attract people with varying degree of fitness. I hope to offer assistance in emergency health services especially as an advanced trainer and practitioner in cardio pulmonary resuscitation in an unlikely instance of such need arising. I will also make my services available in any form the organizing committee might deem it fit.’’ Said Lawal