Business Financial Solutions (BFS) recently handed over close to N$27,000 to the Sport on the Move Foundation, a charitable organisation spearheaded by Namibia’s paralympic gold medalist, Ananias Shikongo, to draw attention to the plight of Paralympic athletes in the country.
The Managing Director of BFS Fund Manager, Kauna Ndilula, said they chose the foundation after they were inspired by Shikongo’s achievement at the 2016 Paralympics Games in Rio, Brazil.
“Ananias is an inspiration and a role model to many young people in Namibia and we appreciate the promotion that he is doing for the country. More importantly, we celebrate the hope that he is giving to many young people through his work with this foundation. This cheque may not look like a lot, but everything that is great starts small. This is a seed for greater things to come,” Ndilula said during the sponsorship handover ceremony.
She said the donation also forms part of the company’s social responsibilities.
“As part of our social responsibility commitment, BFS Fund Manager considers it pertinent to get involved with Sport on the Move Foundation, in a project that not only raises awareness for the plight of sports funding in our country, but also directly contributes towards the development of paralympic athletics in Namibia.”
The funds handed over to the foundation were proceeds raised from the inaugural 100-meter blind fold charity sports event that was held in September 2017.
During the event, corporate teams comprising of two athletes, took part in a 100-meter race, where one athlete was blindfolded and the other acted as a guide, mimicking the experience of contestants who take part in paralympic athletics.
Shikongo said the donation from BFS will open up more doors for other disabled athletes. He challenged other organisations to join the initiative in order to bring lasting change in the lives of disabled athletes.
“People with disabilities in the country face many challenges regarding access to funds. This is a good example you (BFS Fund Manager) are showing,” Shikongo said.
BFS Fund Manager and Sport on the Move Foundation will host a similar event this year to continue raising awareness for paralympic sports in Namibia.
Shikongo is scheduled to host the race which is not only aimed at raising funds and garnering public support for para-athletics in Namibia, but will also give participants a feel and brief insight into the challenges and the world of paralympic athletes.
Contesting teams will be given practical training on how the visually impaired athletes compete, after which they will take part in the race to illustrate what they have learnt.
This event is set to take place in October at DHPS in Windhoek.
Registration is N$1,500 per team of six people.
All the funds raised through this event will be donated to Sport on the Move Foundation to facilitate and train upcoming paralympic athletes who will continue to inspire national pride.