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NGO champions sports contest, free healthcare for Ekiti indigent kids

NGO champions sports contest, free healthcare for Ekiti indigent kids

…Urges Govt on Child Development

Adewumi Ademiju, Ado -Ekiti

No fewer than 124 indigent kids from five rural towns in Ekit has benefitted from sport competition from a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) Mercy International Mission.

This according to the NGO is to develop the skills of the beneficiaries in sports and particularly soccer. The NGO provided free healthcare and several soccer materials for the kids.

The humanitarian gesture featured trainings for the participants which lasted for months before a two-day soccer contests among the indigent kids was held at Osi Community School premises in Osi-Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Administrative head of the NGO, Mr. Olaposi Olayinka, who spoke about the event, said: “Mercy international mission is an NGO based in US and Nigeria, provides basic healthcare for people and its environs, organises soccer tournamanent for Ido, Iropora, we also provide free medical care for kids.

“We provide soccer ball, free jersey, the brains behind the programme are the President of the foundation, Mr Sunday Olayinka, and his wife, Mrs Victoria Olayinka, who is Vice President. The couple are based in U.S both sponsors are from Osi-Ekii.

” The purpose for having the soccer, is to show that we care for the kids.We also give scholarship to bright students in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.

” We were organising inter school contests before now, but now because of the rigorous way of getting schools to participate in the contest. We went beyond inter school competition into contest among 12-year old kids in rural communities in the state.

We got coaches who recruited players from rural towns in Ido, Igbole, Osi and Iropora who are 12years old. We are promoting sports development among these indigent kids.

” We want to advise our government that the kids are tomorrow’s glory and government should develop their talents and sponsor them. We spent millions to sponsor the programme

” By the special grace of God we will go a step further to sponsor the best players by taking them to football Academy to develop their skills.

“The participants are 124 rural kids.
There are medals for the best first, Second and Third positions but whether they win or lose, we have lofty gifts for all of them. We have soccer balls, bag pack, Jersey and socks for each of them. We will give original soccer buts to the best players and we will train them. By next year we will spread the competition to other rural communities such as Epe, Araromi and others. I urge the kids to be more focused in their training and shun being over confident in their dealings so they won’t lose focus”.

*Photo: Gov Kayode Fayemi

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