By Gabriel Olawale
The Irede Foundation is set to give out 100 free limbs to children living with limb loss as part of efforts to ensure they live an independent and limitless life.
Announcing this ahead of the global Out-On-A-Limb Awareness Walk slated for 9th April, 2022, the Executive Director of the Foundation, Mrs. Crystal Chigbu said since its inception 10 years ago, they have continued to fulfill their mission of inspiring action so that children living with limb loss and their families can live independent and limitless life.
“We have given over 250 limbs to children across Nigeria and also launched the Inclusive Education Project which ensures children living with disabilities are able to thrive whilst bringing their whole selves to the academic environment.”
She explained that the awareness walk was designed to promote inclusion, raise critical funds and spotlight the challenges peculiar to children and limb loss while celebrating their uniqueness, strength and ability to thrive against all odds.
“This year walk will hold in multiple locations worldwide with the theme ‘Iredians’.
The advocacy walk also aims to spotlight and promote the first-ever disability comic book in Africa, ‘Iredians’ which was launched in November 2021 to highlight the active participation of children with disabilities who are fighting against peer discrimination.
Corroborating her views, Programme Director, Ms. Wuraola Kayode said in the past two years they have launched an inclusive magazine for children which highlights disabilities in children, promotes inclusion, and discourages discrimination and bullying,
“Since the inception of this initiative, the foundation has led conversations across 40 locations globally with a direct reach of 15,000 people and an indirect reach of 10 million people globally, which has enabled the foundation the opportunity to raise awareness about Limb loss & Limb Difference, increase top of mind awareness about the work the foundation does and the support available for target stakeholders, and raise funds to continue to empower child amputees.
“In years past, the family-friendly walk has had in attendance notable individuals such as His Excellence, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Alibaba, Adenike Oyetunde, Kate Henshaw, YAW Naija, Rosemary Ajuka, Segun Dangote, Late Tosin Bucknor and many more influential personalities. This year, the physical walk will have in attendance a myriad of influential personalities, media personalities, government stakeholders among many others.
“We are calling on individuals, corporate and government bodies to join us to walk on April 9 2022 by registering via “bit.ly/ooal2022register,” whilst also committing to support and sustain the work we do by partnering with us on any of our projects or sponsoring child amputees.”