L-R: Lead, Public Relations, 9mobile, Chineze Amanfo; Chairman Lagos Kids Mini Marathon 2023 and Honorary Secretary, Board of Management, St. Saviour’s School lkoyi, Enitan Rewane; Vice Chairman Board of Trustees St. Saviour School, Ikoyi, Dr. Geoffrey Ohen; Head Teacher, St. Saviour School, Ikoyi, Mr. Craig Heaton, and 9mobile Brand Ambassador, Franklyn Ikemefune at the St. Saviour’s Kids Run Marathon, sponsored by 9mobile which held at Banana Island, Lagos recently.
It was a fun-filled atmosphere as 9mobile, Nigeria’s customer-centric and youth-friendly telecommunications company sponsored the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon in collaboration with St. Saviour’s School, to promote a culture of health and fitness among children.
The Kids Mini Marathon, a run for charity, is a family event that inspires children to become more physically active from an early age. Parents also took part in the event as they ran, walked, and jogged with their children.
The event which held last weekend at the Banana Island children’s playground witnessed a huge turnout of children aged 7-15 years, parents, guardians, and sports enthusiasts who gathered to cheer the kids on.
The marathon featured a dynamic array of activities catering to various fitness levels, including a 5km and 3km marathon, as well as shorter 1.5km and 1km fun walks. Beyond the physical challenges, it also hosted a health and wellness fair, providing a platform for children to engage and learn about essential aspects of well-being, including nutrition, exercise, and healthy habits.
Speaking at the event, Ufuoma Dogun, Manager, Events and Sponsorship, at 9mobile, expressed excitement about the initiative, stating, “We are proud to be associated with the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon by Saviour’s School Ikoyi. Our sponsorship of this event is part of our commitment to instill the values of health and wellness among children. This event is a testament to our dedication to promoting healthier lifestyle choices that will benefit our youths for years to come”.
Themed ‘Active Kids Rock’, the energy and enthusiasm of the young participants during the sessions were truly remarkable. Every child emerged as a winner, receiving well-deserved medals, an array of exciting gift items, and cash prizes for the standout performers of the day. The 5km race saw Olawepo Abdul Azeez claiming the top spot, with Isaac Sirigbe in second place, and Emmanuel Ewereoke finishing in a commendable third position. The event not only celebrated physical activity but also highlighted the spirit of achievement among the vibrant young participants.
Dr. Mrs. Oluyomi Oluwasanmi, Director, School Sports, Lagos State expressed enthusiasm and joy at being part of an initiative that underscores the fusion of education and sport. “We are happy and excited to be part of this initiative because at the Lagos State Sport Commission, we believe in the integration of education and sport. To the parents, thank you for instilling these values in your children. Exercise is mandatory and very important. So, let us make it a culture in our schools and at home. Lagos State Commission is ready to support always”, he said.
9mobile’s sponsorship of the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon further underscores the company’s reputation as a youth-friendly network that is committed to the empowerment and well-being of the youth segment of the population. By supporting events like the Lagos Kids Mini Marathon, 9mobile continues to drive its commitment to creating a brighter and healthier future for Nigeria. This initiative stands as a beacon for ongoing community engagement, inspiring young minds to embrace wellness as an integral part of their lives.