Nigerian sprinter and G4S 4teenâ€™s ambassador, Obinna Metu and Ethiopian legend, Haile Gebrselassie last week visited the children of the Philippine ChildrenÂ Foundation dumpsite school in Tondo to teach the kids new sports and skills.
The G4S team led by security firmâ€™s Global Ambassador, Gebrselassie welcomed young Filipino boxer, Charly Suarez, to the G4S 4teen at a glittering event at the British Ambassadorâ€™s residence before visiting the Tondo school to treat over 150 excited children to an unforgettable G4S sports day.
Before the activities begun, Gebrselassie, surprised the school with the donation of new sports equipment provided by G4S to mark the beginning of an ongoing relationship between the school and the worldâ€™s biggest security firm.
Gebrselassie, Suarez and Metu along with the other G4S 4teen members then kick-started the activity-filled afternoon by teaching the 150 enthusiastic youngsters new sports, skills and games, allowing them to enjoy a unique opportunity of playing with an Olympic Champion.
Metu, it was gathered, was more than ready to teach the young children some of his sprinting skills, as well as joining in with them on the other activities. The young school childrenâ€™s excitement at Obinnaâ€™s participation was clear to see and the feeling was obviously shared amongst all involved with the day.
â€œ It is great to be able to come to this school with my mentor Haile and G4S 4teen team-mates, and to be able to give something back. G4S have given me so much, and it is amazing to be able to do the same in my own way for these children.
It has been such a fun day and I think I may have enjoyed it more than the children! I am so glad to have been able to visit the school and play my part in a special day, â€œthe Nigerian champion said.
On his part, the Ethiopian legend said that, â€œThis is a great idea, itâ€™s so lovely that we have been given the opportunity to meet these children and provide a day of games for them – they have such energy and have really enjoyed themselves. Itâ€™s days like this when I am really proud to be associated with G4S.â€
Metu is part of the G4S 4teen global team comprising of 14 young international athletes from 13 countries brought together as one united team. Despite their different backgrounds and a dynamic mix of Olympic sports, all the youngsters have one common goal – to compete at the London Olympics in 2012.
With little support coming from his home federation, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Metu is enjoying the support of G4S, a world based security firm helping to nurture and support a new generation of young stars from around the world. Its initiative attracted the exclusive support of legendary two-time Olympic gold medal winning athlete, Gebrselassie, himself a marathon world record holder. As the Ambassador of G4S 4teen and a mentor to the young sportsmen and women, he was in Manila last week, with Metu and the rest members of the team, to meet the new member of his team – Charly Suarez.