L-R: Mrs. Comfort Alli Babalola, President/ Project Manager, Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative; Mr. Ore Bajomo, Investor Relations & Corporate Planning Manager, LEKOIL; Ms. Christabel Bomi-Dore, Co-founder and Trustee, The Gamesville Foundation; Ms. Chidinma Obi, Co-founder and Trustee, The Gamesville Foundation and Mr. Segun Odukoya, Senior Project Engineer, LEKOIL during The Gamesville Foundation’s fundraising for Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative in Lagos.
The Gameville Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides games recreation and aid to humans that are onset by hardship, loneliness or disability, has lifted three NGOs by fundraising and donating N6million to their causes.
The fundraising effort culminated at a games-themed gala which included an interactive mystery game hosted by HC Bonum and casino games administered by Oceans 7. The funds were given to three charities: Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative, Jakin N.G.O, and Echoes of Mercy and Hope Foundation, which focus on the welfare and integration of street and underprivileged kids into society.
Each NGO received N2million which will be spent on the welfare of the children, including school fees, school clothes and kits, vocational training, and nutrition. Speaking at the event which was held at Havilah Events Center in Lagos, Chidinma Obi, Co-founder and Trustee of The Gamesville Foundation said: “We put this event together to support the grassroots work that these charities are doing to improve the lives and well-being of children who are on the streets, in harm’s way, or living in deep poverty. We are keen to use our platform and access to resources to support sustainable solutions to problems plaguing children, and we are deeply grateful to our corporate and individual sponsors for empowering us to do so.”
Major donors of the event include Shelf Drilling, GTP Oil Field Solutions Limited, Zenith Bank, and the staff of LEKOIL employees. Hamilton Esi – GM, Corporate Communications at LEKOIL, summed up the reason for the staff pulling resources together to make a contribution by explaining that “LEKOIL shares in The Gamesville Foundation’s mission of improving lives and values-building, and we’re delighted to support their efforts in this mission through independent employee engagement and volunteer work”.
The Presidents of the NGOs, Mrs. Fola Soyebo of Echoes of Mercy and Hope Foundation, Mrs. Olubukola Adebiyi of Jakin N.G.O., and Mrs. Comfort Alli Babalola of Street Child Care and Welfare Initiative, each thanked the coordinators of The Gamesville Foundation and assured all donors that the funds which were raised to assist the underprivileged children will be judiciously used.
The Gamesville Foundation is the NGO arm of Lagos Games Group, a private social organization that promotes recreation and values-building through board, card, role-play and other interactive games. The organization hosts games once a month.