In furtherance of its social commitment to the needs of impoverished and homeless children, the Destiny Trust is set to hold a charity football event tagged Kick for Love.
The event will hold on Sunday, 17th December 2017 at City Of David Turf, Victoria Island, Lagos, from (2.00-6.00p.m).
Kick for Love is an exciting celebrity football and family day out event to support homeless children this Christmas. Kick for Love was designed as a means of using football to bring people together for a social cause, encouraging friendship and team spirit.
The Destiny Trust is a social initiative addressing the needs of children and households in impoverished communities through an integrated range of assistance which include education and provision of basic needs. The initiative is founded on the premise of every child’s right to happiness and social expression regardless of the circumstances of birth.
Owing to a declining economy, and development challenges such as insecurity, poverty, unemployment among others, hundreds of Nigerian children have become victims of the socioeconomic hardship. Similarly, the unpreparedness of growing cities for the influx of migrants has led to overpopulation. Consequently, several children are without shelter and livelihood. They live on the streets, under bridges, and on beachfronts in inhuman conditions without any guarantee of basic needs of life such as food, care or education.
Therefore, the Destiny Trust, for years, has been committed to catering for the needs of these children by providing shelter, feeding, healthcare, education and empowerment to scores of these disadvantaged children.
“Kick for Love is our celebrity football event to create awareness and support for this cause,” the Projects Manager of the Destiny Trust, Oluwaseun Abimbola, said.
“We are bringing celebrities (professional footballers, artistes and OAPs) together in a novelty match with rehabilitated street children. By doing this, we will be celebrating the potential of the street child, showing the change that can occur if we help them, and recognizing the contributions of our sponsors and guest celebrities for advancing the cause of the Nigerian child. We will also be giving homeless children a memorable Christmas with people they look up to. Ultimately, we hope this can help to attract partners and sponsors that will help us continue our work of providing care and education to street children,” he added.
The maiden edition of the event held in December 2015 was a remarkable success. The event hosted some Ex-internationals (including Ex-Super Eagles Forward, Jonathan Akpoborie, Japan 97 U-17 World Cup Gold Medalist, Etim Esin, Festus Odini, Super Falcons Striker, Maureen Eke. Mr. Frank Edoho, former host, Who Wants to be A Millionaire TV Show, alongside Austin Akpan (Channels TV), Sean Amadi (Brila FM), George Essien (Mighty George) of TVC/Radio Continental and Wale Adigun (Top Radio), amongst others, were also on the scene, putting smiles on the faces of the children.
The organisation provides a home for the homeless at its residential learning centre in Lagos, serving as a safe location for disadvantaged children to learn, play and receive daily meals. Besides, between 2014 and 2017, the initiative has supported 350 homeless children to enrol in schools and provided for their essential school needs such as school kits, books, uniforms and stationeries. They also support schools to give children a rewarding learning experience by renovating classrooms, providing classroom furniture, teaching aids and water for sanitation use.
Furthermore, a recent action by the initiative is Kuramo Intervention Project, designed to resettle homeless children and families from the Kuramo and Ketebe slum in the aftermath of the ocean surge that claimed 16 lives. The project has reached out to over 500 children in squatter settlements of Marwa, Ketebe, Ghetto, Ikota and Kuramo, through the provision of food and clothing.
The Destiny Trust has on its Board of Trustees Prof Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), the Vice President of Nigeria, Mrs Mabel Irukera and Mrs Ken Udochukwu.