‘Why BEDC sponsored athletes for Special Olympics’

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Benin Electricity Distribution Plc. (BEDC) has sponsored two athletes to the 2019 Special Olympics world summer games to reaffirm its commitment to her Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) drive.

The company, in a statement, quoted the Chief Agency and Channels Officer of BEDC, Mrs. Felicia Nlemoha, to have commended the Special Olympics team Nigeria for their selfless service to the nation and development of the special children.

“It is an achievement we should all be proud of because it gives the athletes a sense of belonging and acceptance in the society,” she said. “We need to speak more on this initiative in order to attract more sponsors in the coming year.

“We are identifying with the Special Olympics for the first time and will continue to partner with SO in ensuring more special children are given a pride of place in the society especially in this era of social inclusion and participation. To the athletes, we are confident of your victory and you will come back victorious.”

According to her, BEDC is delighted to be sponsoring 2 athletes from her franchise state; Mr. Godwin Friday from Edo State who will be participating in football and Miss Adewoyin Bukola from Ekiti state who will be playing table tennis.

She said the donation was part of BEDC’s corporate social responsibility in making the community safer for children through its safety sensitization campaigns where the children are educated about safety rules and how to observe best safe practices in their homes, schools and society in general.

Some of the parents of the athletes who could not hide their joy also commended Special Olympics Nigeria board members, the coaches, care givers, medical personnel, partners, donors and sponsors for believing in the children.

A parent of one of the athletes, Dr. Robert encouraged other parents who have special kids with intellectual challenges to bring them out, as they all have other ways of showing their talents.

“Damola Robert is the first of my 4 children and was born with downs syndrome,” he said. “If there is anyone that has brought more fame to the family, it is Damola. He has been on the pages of newspapers, he won 3 gold medals in a single Olympics.”

Similarly, Mrs. Esther Ukaonu believes it is a dream come true. “To me is it real or not that my son who should have been the least in the family is now the first person to fly not in a local plane but in an international plane.”

The Chairman, Special Olympics Nigeria, Mr. Victor Osibodu, represented by Mr. Akindayomi in his opening speech said:”

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