The Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria held its 15th Inter-house Sports competition on Thursday 10th at the Main bowl of the Telsim Balogun stadium, Surulere Lagos.
The inter-house sports featured many activities including march-pass, egg race, sack race, fishing game, blind folding race, fill-in-the-bottle and fill-in-the-basket games.
Speaking at the event, an advocate for women and children and the Project Coordinator of Iyaniwura Children Care Foundation, Matilda Otitoloju said the event is to show the larger society the need for inclusiveness and to create awareness of the children with down syndrome, who are part of the larger society.
“People with downsyndrome need to be integrated into every aspects of life particularly into the workforce to enable them contribute to economic development.
“That is why we are clamouring for equity and inclusion of all because we all have equal rights. Let no one be left behind, not even people with disabilities,” Otitoloju said.
The Sports Coordinator of DSFN, Dan Udoh, said the inter-house sports was one of the activities used by the Foundation to mark the Downsyndrome Day celebrated annually on March 21.
Udho said it was also an opportunity for the children to showcase their talents and abilities.
According to him, lack of adequate sport facilities has been a major challenge facing the programme for long now, having being in existence over 15 years ago.
Udoh, therefore, called on parents, organisations, philanthropists and governments to assist with provision of basic sporting facilities to aid development of the programme, which had made enormous impacts on the lives of children with downsyndrome.
The high point of the event was the presentation of prizes and awards to deserving winners of the different competitions. Yellow house emerged the winner of the year’s competition.
In her closing remarks , the executive secretary of the foundation , Amaka Awogu thanked the sponsors of the events and expressed her happiness at the impact the activities has made on the children .