Category Archives: CSR/Charity

World Snooker Tour and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association Support China With Donation

WST and WPBSA have come together to raise money to support those affected by the coronavirus in China, with a donation of £1,000 for every century break made at this week’s ManBetX Welsh Open.

WST (World Snooker Tour) along with the sport’s governing body the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association will send a minimum donation of £50,000 to organisations in China providing medical support to victims of the virus.

Last year there were 81 centuries made at the ManBetX Welsh Open so an equivalent number this time would trigger a donation of £81,000. The tournament in Cardiff features 129 players and runs from Monday to Sunday.


WST Chairman Barry Hearn and WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson said: “Our hearts go out to everyone in China affected by the coronavirus, particularly the many friends, colleagues and partners we have there. Through many years of staging tournaments in China we have grown to love the country and forged many successful relationships.

“The current situation is very tough for all of those affected and we must do all we can to support the Chinese people. The message from throughout the snooker community is that we encourage those affected to continue to show courage at this difficult time.”

Chinese players Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo have already made donations.

Tijani Babangida Urges Players To Rally Support For ailing Coach Kadiri Ikhana

The President of National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, Tijani Babangida, MON, has urged Nigeria Footballers present and past and in diaspora to rally round ailing former Nigeria star Kadiri Ikhana who is down with hip and spinal problems.

Babangida made this call in a chat with the media, as he reiterated the mission of the players’ union to help provide and ensure Nigerian footballers, at home and diaspora gets improved welfare package and support from the union.

He particularly admonished current players plying their trade at home and in diaspora to make financial contributions to the ‘GET KADIRI IKHANA BACK ON HIS FEET FUND’ put in place by NANPF to raise funds for the medical treatment and health support of the former Sunshine Stars and Enyimba of Aba coach.

” Let me seize this opportunity to plead with all footballers to kindly come out and give financial support to one of our own, Kadiri Ikhana.

Tijani Babangida
photo credit: Shengolpixs

” He seriously needs our financial and moral assistance at this time in his life. I want us to be our brother’s keeper,” the softly spoken and hardworking former Nigeria and Ajax Amsterdam star winger said.

Meanwhile, the award winning soccer tactician last week in Abuja had a successful minor surgery to solve his hip problem. While he is scheduled to have more correctional surgeries to fully get him back on his feet once again

All donations should be paid to NANPF Unity Bank Account no 0026022154 , marked ” Kadiri Ikana Support Fund”.

Akeem Busari

Sailors Are Coming Together Worldwide To Clean Beaches

All around the globe sailors are taking to the shores where we sail to help clean up plastic and other garbage. As passionate users of the sea, racers, cruisers, sailors young and old unite behinds a love of the oceans.

While the 49er and Nacra 17 classes were hoping to participate and lead 200 such cleans this off season, we will fall short of that goal but perhaps it will be achievable next year following games.

Some beach clean have been small, a start. Others are massive and already having an impact.

Check out the Argentinian beach clean that took place. Lead by Yago Lange (ARG) the video shot pre-clean up is truly horrifying. We can only start to help and try and improve the situation.

In Perth, Griselda Khng (SIN) lead the Mounts Bay YC clean up effort. No doubt it was a great way to start the sailing season and unite with a few friends.

This past weekend, Iago Marra and Diego Botin (ESP) ran a beach clean with Iago’s club and got some golden help from Kahena Kunze (BRA).

Next weekend the Japanese sailors in 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 will be running a beach clean adjacent to the Olympic venue in Enoshima.

Sailors Are Coming Together Worldwide To Clean Beaches

In Vancouver, Canada, the Royal Vancouver YC ran their second annual beach clean and turned it into a party, with kids games, education, and a band! A party nearly 90 years ago could have been the source of some of the trash cleaned up as a 1930’s whisky bottle was one of the treasures removed from the sea floor.

At the 2019 49er, 49erFX, and Nacra 17 Hyundai World Championship venue, we say the gold medalists, Burling and Tuke participating in a large beach clean and dive, to pull all sorts of debris from the Auckland harbor sea floor.

For sailors around the globe, we often spend time either closing or opening our seasons in September and October. It’s not too late to join this global #Sailors4theSea effort to clean our Oceans. Phone your YC mates and spend an hour cleaning up, we’ll all feel better for it!

Gombe Rocks For Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Tournament

The city of Gombe, capital of the State known as Jewel In The Savannah, is bubbling as the annual Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini-Tournament moves up north for the very first time. The tournament comes up 18th – 22nd September.

Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi, who is the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation and Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, has been sponsoring a charity mini-tournament for some years now in Lagos State, which has attracted immense media and public attention, as well as infectious ecstasy.

Akinwunmi with star discoveries Musa Alli (left) and Elvis Onyenze (right) Beneficiaries of the Courage Education Foundation, as they graduated from Greensprings International School.

The competition’s main objective is provision of scholarships for smart but indigent children and support for ailing ex-international players. Over 200 children have been supported through the Courage Education Foundation, which has chosen the game of football to bring people together and raise funds for the Foundation’s goals.

A thorough and deliberate debonair lawyer of over 30 years at the bar who has disdain for doing things in half measures, Akinwunmi has driven the mini-tournament and the Foundation with a touch of class, charisma and consistency.

“Our goal is to provide the perfect platform for the gifted but indigent child to fulfil his dream, through combining good education with a career in sport. The truth is that talents abound in the nooks and crannies of our country. They are waiting to be discovered and nurtured. Most are from poor homes and need support to climb that ladder to get close to their dreams,” said Akinwunmi.

Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi NFF 1st Vice President and Chairman LSFA

Best–practice conditions for the tournament in Gombe include that all players must be 13 years or below at its commencement; players must come from the same school as scholarship grant will be paid directly to the relevant schools; evidence of attending school and birth certificate/authenticated document compulsory and; letter from school and State FA verifying child is in school and medically fit to partake.

The winning team will get the sum of N100,000 while the two best players from host Gombe State will get scholarship grant of N150,000 each and the best player from each of the other five States in the North East will go home with scholarship grant of N150,000 each.

Kwara Sports Writer’s Association Appeals To Kwara State Government To Support Akinloye Oyebanji

The Kwara state chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) has appealed to the state government, under the leadership of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to urgently assist ailing former staff of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Mr Akinloye Oyebanji.

In a release jointly signed by the Chairman, Jimoh Bashir and Secretary, Olayinka Owolewa, the body also called on well meaning “Kwarans” to also show concern.

Oyebanji hails from Oke-Obigbin, in Isin Local Government Area of the state.

Oyebanji is presently at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the National Hospital, Abuja, and requires medical attention in an hospital in India to survive.

According to reports, the illness has been on for almost four months now, and Oyebanji has been in and out of hospital, until it developed into the present state.

The report also added that the family has spent huge amount of money, and is in dare need of support to fly him abroad for comprehensive treatment.

Akinloye Oyebanji

He would need the sum of $25,000 (Twenty-five thousand dollars) for both transportation and treatment for himself and two caretakers.

“Kwara SWAN, on behalf of the family, is appealing to the government and spirited Kwarans and Nigerians to come to the aid of ailing Oyebanji” the statement said.

Oyebanji was a strong member of SWAN, who worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in various capacities.


The Association of Former Female Athletes of Nigeria AFFAN is to be formally inaugurated on October 18-20, 2019.

The Chairperson of the association Dr (Mrs) Esther Oluwatoyin Aluko made this known on Thursday July 11, 2019 at a press conference held at the Nigeria Institute for Sports in Lagos to announce the establishment of the Association and sensitise the society of the aims and objectives of the body.

Dr Aluko called on all former female athletes to come on board and contribute their quota to the welfare of active and retired sports women in Nigeria and in the diaspora.

photo credit: Oluchi Tobex Tobe-Chukwu

“I am delighted to officially introduce to you the Association of Former Female Athletes of Nigeria (AFFAN).
AFFAN was established in response to the yearnings of thousands of former female athletes across the federation and in the diaspora who have distinguished themselves in various spheres of life.

“The primary objective of the Association is to give back to the society by serving as role models to female athletes and ensuring academic, moral and sports excellence required for a complete female athlete during and after participation in sports”

AFFAN plans to establish a scholarship scheme to encourage female athletes to successfully combine sports with academics. Consequently, Dr Aluko said that the Association will partner with sports institutions, federations and associations to bring this to fruition.

photo credit: Oluchi Tobex Tobe-Chukwu

“Sports women will no longer be called school drop outs. AFFAN will partner with corporate bodies to encourage and support female athletes’ education through the award of scholarships. Education makes an athlete to be relevant at decision-making levels after active sports participation, therefore, AFFAN will collaborate with media organisations to ensure a comprehensive and accurate portrayal of the image of female athletes.

“We want to create an awareness that will motivate retired female athletes to continually contribute meaningfully to sports development in Nigeria by taking up positions locally and internationally in the administrative, technical (officiating & Coaching) and in politics.”

AFFAN is registered as an autonomous organisation with activities linked to the promotion of active and retired female athletes.

Nigeria’s Players Union Sends Appreciation Letter To Otedola…

Nigeria Players Union sends appreciation letter to Otedola on ex players’ treatment

The National Association of Nigeria Professional Footballers, NANPF, affiliated to NFF and TUC, ably led by its President , Nigeria ex international Tijani Babaginda (MON), has sent a letter of appreciation on behalf of all Nigeria Footballers, home and abroad to express its unreserved gratitude to business mogul, Femi Otedola for intervening and by taking care of the medical bills and other logistics associated with the ongoing treatment of former Nigeria internationals, Christian Chukwu and Peter Fregene.

In the letter signed by the union’s General Secretary, Austin Popo, it described the philanthropist’s actions as timely and life saving.

Christian Chukwu
photo credit: Sola Orelaja

” We recall the visit your representatives made to Peter Fregene’s house in Sapele, on the 23rd of May 2019, following media reports of his ailing condition.

“It gladdens our hearts that you also instructed that he be airlifted from the airport in Benin to Lagos on Friday, June 14th where he is currently receiving medical attention at the Reddington hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos State.

“This is not the first time you would be extending your generosity to footballers. We recall your swift reaction and intervention when the ailing health condition of former Captain of the National Team, the Green Eagles, Chairman Christian Chukwu was also widely reported in the media. Its on record that in April, you donated $50,000 for the medical treatment of ex-footballer and coach, Christian Chukwu in a UK hospital, ” the letter read in parts.

Femi Otedola

Continuing, it went ahead to inform the boss of Forte Oil Company, of the union’s plans , in conjunction with other major stakeholders in the industry, is to launch the “Nigeria Footballers Welfare Trust Fund” as part of its Social Security Mechanism to guarantee the lives and future of both current and former Nigeria Players.

Adding that the union earnestly look forward to receiving maximum support from the business mogul, when the time comes.

Akeem Busari