As part of It’s Corporate Social Responsibility, Remo Stars Football Club (RSFC) has donated a new building to Blessed Assurance Orphanage in Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State.
President of the Club, Honourable Kunle Soname who was represented by his wife, Mrs. Oluwakemi Soname maintains that creating an enabling environment for the less privileged people in the society will give them an assurance of a better future and help the society to a large extent.
While expressing concern over the plight of the underprivileged people especially youths and children, she assured that the club would not relent in it’s efforts towards giving care to the needy and also help rekindle their hope for the future regardless of their condition.
The Secretary of Blessed Assurance Orphanage (BOA), Mrs Gold Edouard while speaking at the handing over ceremony stated that the Orphanage’s goal is to care for the less privileged, abandoned babies and children by giving them a decent upbringing, infusing in them a sense of belonging, security and above all giving them sound educational values.
“We also want to use the opportunity to appreciate Remo Stars FC for putting smiles on the faces of the less privileged and we would also like to plead with general public to help meet the needs of the orphans in our society with a view to ensuring they live and function better.
UK Championship title sponsor Betway are hoping for a centuries blitz or a maximum break at this year’s tournament, with a £10,000 donation to Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home on the line.
The tournament at the York Barbican starts today and runs until December 9th, with 128 players battling for one of snooker’s Triple Crown titles.
Star names in the field include Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, Ding Junhui and defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
And a 147 maximum break OR a total of 100 centuries in the whole tournament would trigger the £10,000 donation to World Snooker’s official charity Jessie May.
Since 2015, Betway has donated a total of £48,788 to World Snooker’s charity partners.
Alan Alger, PR Manager at Betway, said: “We’re looking forward to a fantastic two weeks of action in York. The best 128 players in the world are in the field and so there is no doubt the standard of play will be incredibly high.
“There have been five 147s made in the UK Championship since 2012 so there’s a good chance of another this year. And on the century count, last year there were 99 and in each of the previous two years there were 105 so we’re confident the players we’ll get to 100 this time.
“We’d love to make this donation to a wonderful cause in Jessie May so it’s over to the players to show their skills on the table!”
Jessie May Children’s Hospice at Home, based in Bristol, provides a hospice at home service for terminally ill children, offering care to families in the Bristol area.
Lindsey Horton, Corporate Partnerships Officer for Jessie May, added: “We can’t believe this amazing and generous offer from Betway and on behalf of all our families and Nurses we send a HUGE thank you for your ongoing support. We’re always cheering on the players and we know that they’ll do us proud! Bring on the centuries.”
Nigerian football legend, Nwankwo Kanu has heaped plaudits on Petrolex Oil and Gas and other sponsors of the Legends’ Charity Football game, which took place at The Hive Stadium in London for their support in making the programme a huge success.
Speaking about the event which was tagged the Petrolex Kanu Cup, the former Arsenal striker said, “We appreciate Petrolex for what the company did to make the event happen as the main sponsor. When we called them, they didn’t say ‘no’, they said ‘yes’ because they were convinced it is for a good cause. And from Day 1, they have been supporting us till now.”
The charity game pitched former African players tagged African Masters against their European counterparts dubbed the Premier League Masters and at the end of proceedings, the African Masters succumbed to a 9 – 4 drubbing by their opponents.
Kanu had initially revealed that proceeds from the Petrolex Kanu Cup which was in association with Masters Football will be used to help African children access life-saving heart operations through the Kanu Heart Foundation.
It will also be invested in the construction of a modern Cardiac Centre in Africa to reduce travelling overseas for treatment.
He said: “The Kanu Heart Foundation has done 542 operations since inception, and there are about 200 children on the waiting list for heart surgeries. The more we can raise funds, the more we can save more lives. Our dream is to build hospitals in Africa, starting from Nigeria. The pressure is on us to make sure that we can help more.
“The Petrolex Kanu Cup is an opportunity to bring people together to see some amazing players – and my great friends – play the beautiful game once more, whilst also raising money for a good cause.”
Some of the African stars present were Lomana LuaLua, Michael Essien, Lauren Kolo Toure, Christopher Kanu, Rami Shaaban, George Boateng, Emmanuel Eboue, Eric Djemba Djemba, Quinton Fortune, Mido, Danny Shittu, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Daniel Amokachi and Peter Odemwingie.
The Premier League team comprised had Sol Campbell, Steve McManaman (Captain), Louis Saha, Robert Pires, William Gallas, Wes Brown, Phil Babb, Jens Lehmann, Pascal Chimbonda and David Thompson among others.
Away from his regular training ahead of the 2018 ITTF African Championships, Aruna Quadri on Tuesday August 28, 2018 put smiles on the faces of students of SOS Children’s Village International in Isolo, a suburb in Lagos, Nigeria.
Accompanied by his wife – Ganiat Aruna, the 2018 ITTF Challenge Seamaster Nigeria Open champion said he decided to show his compassion for the less privileged as he had to go through thick and thin to become what he is today.
Aruna Quadri and his spouse were received at the SOS Children’s Village by the National Fund Development and Communication Coordinator, Gboyega Fadowole-Aje who described Aruna’s gesture as commendable while hoping that other sports stars in Nigeria would take a cue from the athlete.
“We want to first of all congratulate you on your victory at the just concluded Nigeria Open and wish you well in your endeavours. We were indeed touched by this your singular gesture and we believe your presence in the Village would surely inspire the children to aim high like you in their endeavours. On behalf of the Country Director, we are grateful and we wish well in your endeavours,” Gboyega Fadowole-Aje said.
For Aruna Quadri, the gesture has been part of his plans to support the disadvantaged people in the society. “This is another way to show love to those who are not privilege and I believe this small gesture will augment what others have been doing for them. I am doing this to also give back to the society where I emerged from and this will not be a one-off thing as I hope to make it a regular in my plans whenever I am home in Nigeria,” the world number 18 said.
Also, the National Store Coordinator of SOS Children’s Villages, Lawrence Agbaegbu believes the efforts of the table tennis star is a welcome development while urging other well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to support the centre which is an international home for the less privilege.
Aside the mini table donated by Aruna Quadri, food items valued at thousands of dollars was given to the home.
Aruna Quadri also took time out to play table tennis with some of the children in the centre.
Funke – Treasure Durodola – an Assistant Director of Programmes at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) has announced a pet project for girls – the Funke-Treasure Table Tennis Championship (F3TC).
The championship is aimed at developing the girl-child from low income families through sports and empowerment sessions in life skills. The competition, to be held annually in Ibadan, will kick off in September 2018.
Ahead of that, in August, there is to be a table-tennis novelty match in Lagos and Ibadan with the theme: ‘Media for F3TC ‘. Besides creating awareness for F3TC, the aim will be to engage accomplished female media professionals, as championship ambassadors to support the girls.
According to Mrs. Durodola, who has worked at the FRCN for eighteen years, the maiden edition will involve more than a hundred students, launching them from School to Spotlight. We want to reduce the rate at which girls drop out after Junior Secondary level in schools, we want to keep them engaged through sports and give them the opportunity to use sports to create value for themselves and negotiate their continued stay in school.
We hope to double this every year until we create a critical mass of aware, informed and fearless girls who will mature into womanhood with knowledge and key skills, Funke-Treasure adds.
The Championship is in three categories:
1. The Competitors, who will come from public and private schools in the 13 local government areas of Ibadan City;
2. The Basic Learners, aged between eight and ten years and who cannot play the game. They will be picked randomly and mentored over a period of eight years to prepare them for global competitions like the Olympics;
3. Trainee Coaches: these will be girls to be trained as coaches and who will easily feed into the F3TC as well as the Tennis Federation in Oyo State.
During the four-day programme, which includes a coaching clinic, the championship hopes to host, on a daily basis, about 145 girls in the three categories; 46 teachers/games masters; 10 coaches and 10 officials; LOC members and not less than 100 guests and spectators daily during the 4-Day event.
There will be empowerment sessions for the participants to address various life-enhancing issues, including financial literacy; drug and reproductive health education. In addition, there will be a cervical cancer vaccination for all the girls and women attendees, Funke-Treasure assured.
F3TC is proud to work with 5 – time Table Tennis Olympian; Level Two High Performance Coach (ITTF); and Sports & Exercise Analyst, Ms. Bosede Kaffo; on this championship, amongst others.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and C40 Cities today committed to partner on climate transition by working for sustainable Olympic Games. This unique global partnership was announced by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, alongside Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and C40 Chair, at the first edition of the Transition Forum.
C40 and the IOC plan to work with interested cities, candidate cities and host cities of the Olympic Games to help them achieve their sustainability objectives, which will further contribute to their regions’ broader climate initiatives.
The IOC’s Sustainability Strategy, which is one of the pillars of the IOC’s strategic roadmap, Olympic Agenda 2020, concentrates on five focus areas, one of which is climate.
“Given that the next four editions of the Olympic Games will be held in significant cities that are part of the C40 network, this collaboration was a natural and fantastic opportunity,” said HSH Prince Albert II. “Our goal is to make the Olympic Games best fit the long-term needs and objectives of the host cities. That includes incorporating sustainability in all aspects of planning for and delivering the Olympic Games. By signing this MOU, we will be able to better assist current and future host cities of the Olympic Games in achieving their climate change goals by utilising the expertise and experience of the C40, and for both parties to showcase related initiatives and results.”
The host cities for the next three Olympic Games – Tokyo (in 2020), Paris (in 2024) and Los Angeles (in 2028) – are members of the C40 Steering Committee. The host of the next Olympic Winter Games, Beijing (in 2022), is also a key member of the C40 network, which groups together 96 cities committed to leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.
“Hosting the Olympic Games is a unique privilege for any city, and provides an amazing opportunity to accelerate the climate and air quality initiatives that mayors need to implement for the future of their citizens,” said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40. “This partnership between the IOC and C40, two organisations with a long experience of showcasing cities, will ensure the Olympic Games and climate transition go hand in hand in securing a sustainable future for everyone.”
“The Olympic and Paralympic Games are one of the world’s largest sports events. Sport has the power to change the world,” said Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo. “Tokyo, as the host city of the Olympic Games 2020, will play the role responsibly. We will work with the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to demonstrate to the world that Tokyo works integrally on the environmental, social and economic aspects of 21st-century sustainable development, contributing to the achievement of the United Nations 2030 Agenda.”
“Los Angeles is where the world comes to compete, and the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games are an opportunity to showcase our city’s sustainable values,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Climate change knows no boundaries, and only through global cooperation can we overcome this global challenge. Working together, the IOC and C40 can use the Olympic moment to help our planet heal and our people grow.”
As people from around the world take time to reflect upon the state of the planet on this World Environment Day, the IAAF is delighted to share this message from running legend Haile Gebrselassie who reminds us of the importance of clean air within athletics and the urgent need to continue the battle to combat air pollution.
“Seven million people die due to poor air quality every year,” Gebrselassie notes. “Enough is enough.”
When he became president of the Ethiopian Athletics Federation in November 2016, his first action was to move the main national team training base from Addis Ababa to outside the capital. “It is better for their health and their performance,” he said.
“Millions of people run every day and it is growing. Air quality matters and I am proud that our athletes and our sport are leading an ambitious campaign to tackle this problem. Working with UN Environment on air quality and joining the International Olympic Committee’s initiative with UN Environment for its ‘Clean Seas Campaign’ are both important steps to keeping our planet as healthy as we want the next generation to be,” said IAAF President, Sebastian Coe.
With its recent pledge to help beat the global air pollution crisis in mind, the IAAF has teamed up today with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and UN Environment for its ‘Clean Seas Campaign’ to increase global awareness of marine litter and to implement measures that address gaps in waste management.
The IAAF is one of seven major sporting bodies and representatives from European and Oceania National Olympic Committees who have joined forces in the effort to support the IOC in addressing this global issue.
“The IOC is embracing sustainability in its day-to-day operations, as well as taking a proactive leadership role to inspire Olympic stakeholders and the wider sports community to implement best sustainability practices,” said Prince Albert of Monaco, who serves as the Chair of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission. “Making a pledge to the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign is another important example of how the IOC is implementing its Sustainability Strategy.”
Erik Solheim, the Executive Director of UN Environment and a member of the IOC Sustainability and Legacy Commission, said: “This is the biggest commitment ever made from sport to address plastic pollution. The International Olympic Committee’s Clean Seas pledge will transform the awareness and use of plastic waste in sport. We are delighted to see the actions taken by so many sporting organisations as well as sponsors.”
The IAAF has already pledged to introduce measures to reduce plastic waste at future IAAF events, and to encourage member federations to follow suit in addition to its air quality partnership with UN Environment. Some actions pledged by other sporting bodies:
– World Sailing will pledge to implement an ambitious waste reduction strategy for all its events by 2019, and launch an education programme to reach an estimated 70 million sailors.
– The International Triathlon Union (ITU) will work closely with its local organising committees, national federations, stakeholders and the IOC to raise awareness of the issue of marine litter.
– The International Surfing Association (ISA) will elect a Sustainability Partner by the end of 2018, aiming to implement a plan to use, reuse and recycle plastics at ISA World Championships by 2019, and expand its education materials on sustainability.
– The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is decreasing plastic use and encouraging recycling at its headquarters, and providing recycling education opportunities at national and youth camps.
– The International Golf Federation (IGF) is working with governing bodies, national associations and grassroots facilities to drive more responsible resource use through the GEO Foundation.
– World Rugby has undertaken a variety of actions to reuse and recycle, and will implement new measures with a focus on the reduction of plastic waste.
Other National Olympic Committees from around the world will also be joining the Clean Seas movement with their own commitments – such as Spain and Germany, which are reducing waste and working on raising awareness nationally.