A Sports Festival strictly for orphans and almajiri’s in Nigeria, tagged ‘Orphanage Homes Sports Festival (OHSFN) 2013’ has been scheduled to take place between 16th and 29th November this year.
The founder of Challenge Children Charity Foundation who is the organiser of the event, Barrister Ugonna Uzor Kalu in a Press Briefing on Tuesday said the event will hold in the six Geo-political zones in the country while the grand finale will be stagged in Abuja.
While revealing that the event will be an open one, she added that participants who perform excellently at the state and national levels will
be awarded medals and cash rewards.
According to the organiser, the participants will compete in the games of: Basketball, Table Tennis, football, athletics and Volleyball.
Barrister Kalu said her Foundation’s main objective is to empower the less privileged in the society through education and sports.
She stressed 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 grassroot sports activity to give orphans and vulnerable children including almajiris in Nigeria, a sense of pride dignity and hope for a brighter future.”
The founder of the Foundation appealed for fund from organisations, government agencies and philanthropists to ensure the success of the
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.
While commending the initiatives of the organiser, the FCT sports council noted that the orphans and Almajiris were previously overlooked when scouting for talents to represent the country in sporting activities.