17 Dec 2014

Hot On Our Radar: Ways To Have Fun And Give Back This Holiday

Yeah, we hear it all the time, that young people don't have enough to give back. We at 9jeducation do not believe that. We believe in young people coming together to create avenues where they can impact other young people and the larger society. Young people are the largest demographic in Nigeria right now and what most of us lack in financial mobility we have in spades in time and effort. So we at 9jeducation have rounded up a few events happening this holiday period where you can have fun and give back. 

1. THE TWITTER PREMIER LEAGUE (TPL)

In it's third 'season' the Twitter Premier League is an football event organized entirely online. Its a football tournament that draws its players and audience entirely from social media like twitter and facebook, The first edition held on the 29th of May 2014,  a one day event that involved four teams. 

The second event held four months later in September hosted it's first female teams. Like a real football league, there are transfers between clubs and club rivalries and lively conversation around the whole event on twitter and facebook. The next TPL event will hold on the 20th of December with six male teams and two female teams and tickets for the tournament cost 1000 naira. 


It's an amazing way to give back this year as a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to various children and women's charities in Nigeria. So you get to watch good football and connect with new people while supporting the good cause. A win on all fronts. To get tickets for TPL3 go to www.thetpl.org.

the 2013 Christmas on the Streetz volunteer team at Makoko Lagos.

CHRISTMAS ON THE STREETZ

Christmas on the streetz is a non-denominational charity event that happens across three cities in Nigeria, Lagos, Benin City and Abuja. The way this event works is that a day is set aside during the Christmas holiday, usually Christmas day in Lagos where people gather with gifts and supplies and a handful of volunteers travel to the impoverished parts of the city to spend Christmas with the inhabitants of the town, which is where the charity gets its name. Right now, the Christmas on the Streetz team is looking for supplies in anticipation of the event, there are many ways to donate; you can either pay directly to their official account:

Munachi Aniemena; UBA; 2059093752

Or call 08120974315 or email  cots.ng@gmail.com for other donations. 

Christmas on the streetz is a great way for Christians and especially non-Christians to get into the spirit of the holiday and give back. For further information  and if you want to join the volunteers who will go to to the towns on the day of the event you can also contact the Christmas on the Streetz official twitter handle @cots_ng.


BALL FOR BORNO 2
Ball for Borno is a charity Basketball event organized by young Nigerians to source relief materials for the over 800 Internally Displaced Children who have fled their homes and villages in Borno state for refugee camps as a result of the religious insurgency being perpetuated by Boko Haram.


In it's second 'season', Ball for Borno is aimed at gathering items that the internally displaced children need such as bathing soap, body cream, detergents, sponges, tissue paper, antiseptics (e.g Dettol), laundry soap, tooth paste, tooth brush, clothes, footwear, and other toiletries and sanitary materials. This is a press release from the Ball for Borno team. 

" The first Ball for Borno event was held on the 31st of March, 2014 at the Syrian Club, Ikoyi. We were able to fill 2 buses with items for the IDPs! We’re hoping that with your help, this second one will be even more successful! If you can't make it to the event, you can drop your contributions at the MADC office (No 13 Ayodeji Otegbola Street, Gbagada Phase 2, Lagos). 

For more information on this event and how you can be part of it, please contact @msnemah #BallForBorno2."

If you want to contribute to the cause in Borno state and love Basket Ball, this is the perfect avenue for you to give back and have fun. Use it. 


These three events are great, fun and give back, we’ll be there, hope to see you guys too. 

Image credit: jaguda.com, www.thetpl.org

Edwin Okolo 
(Alum) 

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