In a bid to ensure that every child has access to education, StayInSchool Nigeria Initiative, a project of Young Minds Foundation, has come up with a seemingly lasting way to match philanthropy with fun and entertainment – because what unites Nigerians more than a good cause and football?.
Football For a Cause is a celebrity charity football match aimed at creating awareness for Out-Of-School children in dire need of education intervention. This year’s edition convened by Tricia Ikponwoba and in collaboration with SAINTS, took place on 18th October 2015 at Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island and had a lot of celebrities in attendance. The event kick-started with a football match between the Saint FC and the Corporate Team, followed by the match between the Female Celebrities Team and The Female Saints team with the match ending at 6 goals to nil in favour of the Saints. The major match of the day was the one between the Male Celebrities Team and the Corporate Team where both teams tugged it out and the match ending in draws.
However, the Corporate team came victorious in a 5 by 5 Penalty Shoot Out.
Forming the Male Celebrities Team were Sound Sultan, Buchi, I go Save,FunnyBone,Nedu, Ruggedman, Sensei, KP, Blackface, Do2Dotun, Senator, LaffUp, Mr Raw, MayD, Omojuwa and Kollertuz. While the female Celebrities Team was made up of Grace Amah, Scarlet, Aduke, TitiTheDynamite, Bisola, and Immaculate.
Notable in the Fundraising segment was the contribution presented by titiTheDynamite of Inspiration FM , from the IAMDYNAMITE group of givers to Tricia Ikponwonba who promised that the funds raised would be used in providing primary education scholarships for the children under the StayInSchoolng Initiative.