Hello peregrine Readers!
We promised to make memories on Valentine’s day, and we did!!!
Finally, the #Childhero project embraced its funfair, the final lap of the 3-phased campaign project (a short story competition, a movie and a funfair) for the less-privileged children.
On the 14th of February, 2016, “valentine’s day”, the child hero project unwrapped its funfair which took place at Lumen Christi TV, KM 16, Lekki/Epe Exp. Way, Osapa-Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
The sun dazzled bright from the skies as the venue was slowly crowded with lots of children who joyfully made their way in and took their respective seats as the music entertained them.
The “Child Hero” day, a day dedicated and set-aside for the celebration and reach out of love to the less-privileged children brought together children from orphanages, public & primary schools, alongside organisations, and individual bodies.
The #CHILDHERO event successfully hosted Orphanages, Public & Private Schools, Organisations and Representatives as:
– Friends of Jesus Orphanage Home
– Arrows of God orphanage home
– Ebenezary Heights primary & Secondary school
– Lekki Peninsula Primary & Secondary school
– Poets in Nigeria Organisation (& its children arm)
– Representatives of the Soroptimists International
– Representatives of the Catholic Students association of Benin Republic
– Children from Ss. Philip & James Catholic Church
And lots of other children and guests…
The #CHILDHERO event aimed at celebrating the children on a day as valentine because of the significance of which the day represents– A day of love. The idea of the valentine funfair, as dedicated to the less-privileged children was to create an atmosphere among the children in oneness, regardless of the social segregation circumstances has brought about among children.
The funfair set out to celebrate and give every child present equal sense of belonging and to create a conscious focus of the less-privileged child in the minds and hearts of everyone, that every child deserves to be loved, celebrated and be given a comely platform to express themselves just as in the funfair, as every other day.
As such, the children were given an opportunity to express themselves by showcasing their different skills and creative talents with different kinds of performances, each child representing their schools/orphanages in their unique uniforms/outfits.
The #CHILDHERO Funfair, a collaboration between Peregrine Reads and Soroptimist International of Surulere, had as chief host Mrs Angela Ezechukwu (President, Soroptimist Int’l Surulere) and present, their secretary, Mrs Nneka Jemie.
The funfair had as target 200 children and 100 adults but amazingly embraced a total of 220 children and 95 adults.
On a special appearance were representatives of Poets in Nigeria (PIN) organization (founded by Sir Eriata Oribhabor), Reverend Father Jude Okwuchukwu Mbonu, Prince Ifeanyi Dike, Mr Francis akujobi who graced the event to join in the celebration of love with and for the children.
The chairman of the occasion, Sir Eriata Oribhabor gave an opening speech, commending the initiative and also leaving with the children words of advice and encouragement.
The organizer of the occasion, Miss Chinonye J. Chidolue (Founder/Peregrine Reads & Initiator of the child hero project) gave an insight to how the CHILDHERO Project came about, it’s dreams and goals, “though the first edition of its kind, looks forward to becoming a daily movement and an annual project which will overtime become a core voice for the less-privileged children in the society”.
The chief host of the occasion, Mrs Angela Ezechukwu, awarded a gift to Elemide Benjamin, winner of the Peregrine Reads 2015 #Childhero short story contest, whose story “Children of the streets” was successfully shot into a movie and launched at the funfair.
The floor was then open to loads of creative performances by orphanages, schools and organisations present.
And when it was time for Dance competitions, the children owned the floor as they danced their hearts out!
The MC, Mr. Emmanuel Kwasa Tozo did a great Job coordinating the event and the children in a dance competition which put the children in endless gusto as they danced their hearts out in merriment!
Unmissable was the radiance of the view when the mothers took it to the floor too! The DJ. surely got them started…lol
SHOUTOUT/APPRECIATION TO THE SUPPORT PILLARS OF THE #CHILDHERO PROJECT/FUNFAIR
Special shout-out and appreciation to the media houses and press team who did a great job, joining us in the fun whilst covering the funfair event…
- NTA 10
- LUMEN CHRISTI TELEVISION
- CHAMPIONS NEWSPAPER
- NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA
- NIGERIAN PILOT NEWSPAPER
Massive shout out to LUMEN CHRISTI TV Network whose venue whose rendered a conducive atmosphere rendered and an open platform for the children to freely let their spirits out…
Immense gratitude to MTN who supported the children with loads of gift items and joined us in the celebration….
Utmost appreciation to a man of honour, Sir Eriata Oribhabor, a literary & poetry enthusiast who has left his footprints on the #Childhero project in many ways and also offered loads of his books of poetry to the children at the funfair.
Special thanks and appreciation goes to a great pillar of support of the #CHILDHERO project/Funfair, Mrs Angela Ezechukwu (President, Soroptimist Int’l), an ardent lover of charity initiatives, whose consistent support and collaboration with Peregrine Reads, gave the funfair so much light.
Notable to mention is Prince Soji Olagunju (Owner, Lumen Christi TV Network/Ebenezary groups) whose immeasurable support created greater grounds for the #Childhero funfair, without which the event could not have been a success.
“No good deed ever goes unrewarded”
THANK YOU every single sponsor (corporate & individual) who have helped in using the #Childhero project to put a smile on the faces of the children, especially the less-privileged ones, whom the valentine’s day funfair celebration was dedicated to. Your contributions, small and large have impacted it’s own clear message:
“Like stars are to the sky, so the children are to our world. They deserve to shine!”
I am entirely grateful for your contribution and support, for it has made a huge difference. Every support, regardless of its measure, proved to have it’s own impact for the project and in the turnout of the funfair, seeing that the children were comfortable, happy and had so much to eat, drink and lots of gift items to take home.
The Maiden edition of the #ChildHero event recorded unique success for it’s first as vivid memories still linger through the tons of pictures taken at the event. It was indeed a valentine like no other!
And if you ask me, there is no better way to have enjoyed the buzz of the valentine season than at the #ChildHero funfair….!
If you missed the funfair see more pictures below!
The #CHILDHERO project has not come to an end but has only embraced a beginning of its next phase.
After a successful beginning, I am self-motivated into pushing through the horizons of greater opportunities for the child hero project to render more services to the affairs of the less-privileged children. As the barriers are pushed, updates will be given on the new turns the #Childhero project sets to take….
Watch out for the next phase of the #Childhero project….
& Hope you join us at the next #Childhero valentine funfair. It promises to be bigger and better….!
- Chinonye J. Chidolue
(Organiser/Initiator, Child Hero Project)
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