TIF OUT ON A LIMB WITNESSED IN 30 LOCATIONS
On the 9th of April 2016, The IREDE Foundation’s had her 4th edition of “Out on a Limb” an annual walk aimed at creating awareness about child amputees including raising funds to provide them with prosthetic limbs. For the first time in the history of the walk, this year’s walk held in 30 locations simultaneously with the attendance of celebrities, top-notch personalities, professionals, and children with limb loss to advocate support for child amputees and their families.
Lead advocates from the various locations had beautiful stories to share about the success of the event. Some of the Locations the walk held in Ikoyi, Ikorodu, Ibadan, Ile-Ife, Enugu, Abia, Uyo, Abeokuta, Benin, Ghana, Barcelona Johannesburg, Paris, Atlanta, Geneva, Miami, Germany, New Jersey, Texas, Madrid etc,.
Out on a Limb 2016 had about 1000 people attend all the various 30 locations. . The 2,000 meter walk at the Ikoyi location kicked off at about 7:45am from the YMCA Building premises on Awolowo Road Ikoyi walk to Falomo Roundabout and back. Notable personalities at the walk were Ali Baba, Steve Harris, Barrister Taiwo Akinlami, Yaw, Adenike Oyetunde, Lafup, Deji Irawo and Ajuka ‘Chilli’ Rosemary. We use this medium to appreciate everyone who came out to support this cause and put a smile on the faces of child amputes.
‘Out-on-a-Limb’ is an annual child amputee awareness initiative of The Irede Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Crystal Chigbu in 2012 to ensure that every child amputee is given a chance to become a champion; living above the limitation of a missing limbs either congenital or acquired.
Inspired by the congenital limb loss of her daughter Beulah Chigbu, Crystal with the support of her husband set out to help other families who are burdened with similar cases of limb loss. Crystal says “Our focus is empowering children with prosthetic limbs, encouraging the children to live a normal life, educating care-givers and the society. Children between the ages of 0-18 years are our target beneficiaries as they are in the most vulnerable position to personally live above the limitations of amputation. Our support for them is continuous till they attain the age of eighteen (18years). This support includes continual replacement of their prosthesis as they grow and having support group meetings to ensure they are living life to the fullest. We are ecstatic to have restored hope to 16 beneficiaries in 4 years, providing 29 (twenty-nine) prosthetic limbs and our goal for 2016 is to do 30 limbs (20 new limbs & 10 replacements). We stand for Hope….We Educate, Encourage and Empower!”
The ‘Out-on-a-Limb’ initiative is designed to address the first leg of the mission of The Irede Foundation which is to educate the public about limb loss particularly as it pertains to children. Following this year’s OUT ON A Limb a number of well meaning individuals have shown their interest in giving fund towards the empowerment of 30 children living with limb loss. With as a 1000 Naira from 1000 Nigerians a child amputee can be provided with a prosthetic limb. To donate funds towards this cause you please visit our website www.thiredefoundation.org or call 07087109596. We also encourage individuals to Refer any child with limb loss (congenital/acquired) within their immediate environment. To refer a child please visit www.theiredefoundation.org/referachild
The walk was supported & sponsored by YMCA, Feet of Grace, In3c8, Shuga Limb Foundation, Nutricima Limited, Seven-Up, Fotolighthouse, Real Dreams Media, Teach Initiative, SW motion works, Ebony Life, Master’s Mark, Arksego Security, Shuga Band, Truppr,
We had quite a number of Media presence; Ebony Life, Silverbird TV, Punch, Traffic Radio 96.1 FM, Top Radio 90.9 FM, Wazobia FM, Unilag FM, Traffic Radio Lagos, Radio Continental (102.3FM), Nigeria info, Television Continental (TVC), Cool TV, Xclusive to Divinity (X2D), BellaNaija, Olodo Nation, Life of a Lagos Girl and working MOMS Africa.