Firm donates kits to Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Paralympics team
An indigenous firm, De-Lace International Nigeria Limited, yesterday in Abuja donated mufflers, traditional women skirts, blouses, head-ties and men’s jumpers, trousers, caps to Nigeria’s Paralympics team ahead the Rio 2016 games scheduled to hold in September.
The firm said the donation was its own contribution to the anticipated success of the Nigerians at the games, which holds immediately after the Rio 2016 Olympics, scheduled to begin on Friday.
According to the Managing Director, De-Lace International Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Safiya Bashir, said the 63 sets of complete apparel would serve the Nigerian contingent well during the opening ceremony of the Rio Paralympic Games.
She said the donation was borne out of the company’s resolve to fulfill its social responsibility and boost athletes and officials’ participation in the global fiesta.
Safiya Bashir also disclosed that she was dismayed over the paucity of funds, which was affecting Nigeria’s Rio 2016 Olympics preparation and felt that the only way she could contribute was to kit the Paralympics team so that Nigeria’s athletes could be easily identified during the opening ceremony.
She added that her company had been in the business of corporate social responsibility since its three decades of existence in Kaduna State and was willing to give back to society.
Receiving the items on behalf of sports minister, Solomon Dalung, the Director (Federation of Elite Athletes Department) at the Ministry of Sports, Mrs. Hauwa Kulu-Akinyemi, expressed thanked the donor for extending her widow’s mite to kit the athletes, while calling on other Nigerians to emulate Mrs. Bashir.
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