Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Foundation to Stage Sports Festival for Orphans

A Sport Festival strictly for orphans and Almajiri's in Nigeria, tagged "Orphanage Homes Sports Festival (OHSFN) 2013" will take place between November 16 and 29 this year.

The founder of Challenge Children Charity Foundation who is the organiser of the event, Barrister Ugonna Uzor Kalu, said at a press briefing in Abuja yesterday the event will hold in the six geo-political zones of the country while the grand finale will come up in Abuja.

The fiesta, which is open to all eligible orphans and Almajiris in the country, Kalu added that participants who perform excellently at the state and national levels will receive medals and cash rewards.

She announced that participants will compete for glory in the basketball, table tennis, football, athletics and volleyball events.

She revealed that the Foundation's main objective is to empower the less privileged in the society through education and sports, stressing that the festival will not only help expose the potentials and talents of the orphans and Almajiris but will also help the society get rid of "urchins, hoodlums, armed soldiers and terrorists."

"The event is also designed as a grassroots sports activity to give orphans and vulnerable children including Almajiris in Nigeria a sense of pride dignity and hope for a brighter future."

Finally, she appealed for sponsorship from organisations, government agencies and philanthropists to ensure the success of the sports fiesta.

The Chairman of Nigeria Women League, Mrs Dilichukwu Onyedinma who represented the Director of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Sports Council, Mohammed Alim Musa at the event pledged the supports of the council to the project.

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