Hosts 1000 children at SACF…..
This year’s edition of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Tournament is expected to raise funds to send 40 indigent children to school.
The tournament which is in its 6th edition holds on Sunday December 29th 2019 at the Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island.
The seed of the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Fund SACF as the title connotes was planted by Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, a legal practitioner and the 1st Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation to help underprivileged children.
According to him, his joy is to see smiles on the children’s faces after every fund raise.
“I am very fulfilled that we have been able to sustain it thus far. I am most grateful especially for the impact we have had on the lives of many families through the children across the country who are the beneficiaries. I am fulfilled at the joy I see on the faces of the children who look forward to their end- of -year party which is the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Mini Tournament SACMT. Through this pet project, others have been encouraged to give to the needy.”
This annual event usually coincides with Barrister Akinwunmi’s birthday as he clocks 57 on Sunday December 29, 2019. He has set the table for 1000 kids to have fun while funds will be raised for 40 of them to go to school.
Contributions come from public spirited individuals apart from the host. It costs only N1m to sponsor two children in full to school and half a million for one child. N150,000 is for the sponsorship of a child for just one year as well as other
one-off sponsorship packages.
According to Barrister Akinwunmi, the SACF is an offspring of a bigger Foundation that encourages education and has produced many graduates.
“The project is part of my bigger foundation, Courage Education Foundation started about 17 years ago and which gets a chunk of the funds we raise to send kids to school and we have had over 200 from Primary school to graduation. We even have a 1st class graduate, but limiting it directly from SACF, in the past 6 years we have over 40 beneficiaries.
“The December 29th program is a one-off intervention end -of -year party for 1000 kids. We will also give out intervention grants so this year we are giving money to a football tournament among orphanages and schools.”
The method of selection of who gets the scholarship is transparent, says Akinwunmi.
“The next set of kids to be sponsored is for 2020. We intend to have the SACF twice, first in the South South and then in the North West or North Central where we hope to pick at least a minimum of 10 children and at most 20 from each of these geographic locations for the new year.
“So there is order and fairness as the kids will be given scholarships at the SACF event twice a year from next year. Apart from intervention scholarships at the Seyi Akinwunmi Charity Match Tournament, the funds raised will be specifically for fully sponsored scholarships”.
With just three days to his 57th birthday, the benefactor wants to be remembered for coming to this world and making the society better by acknowledging that “I was born opportune so that I can help others”.
– Nneka Ikem