The Irede Foundation, a Nigerian NGO focused on disability advocacy and awareness, held a pre-event press conference on Tuesday, April 4th, to promote the upcoming 2023 Out On A Limb charity walk. This year’s charity walk, which has the theme “A Walk for Inclusion,” will take place simultaneously in over 59 locations globally on Friday, April 8th, starting at 7 am.
The foundation’s founder, Crystal Chigbu, spoke about the organization’s mission to help people with disabilities live their lives to the fullest, despite the challenges faced in promoting disability awareness in Nigeria. “The biggest challenge has been cultural backgrounds and differences. We are working on shifting the mindset of people who believe in superstitions that have caused a lot of harm,” she said.
The Irede Foundation has given 359 limbs to 320 children in the last nine years, an achievement highlighted during the press conference. This year’s charity walk seeks to raise funds for children with limb loss while advocating for the rights of differently-abled individuals and promoting inclusion in society.
The foundation’s program associate, Obafemi, emphasized the importance of the walk’s theme, saying, “We want a society where everyone is involved and carried along irrespective of their differences and indifferences. We are walking for inclusion this year to ensure that people with disabilities are able to get opportunities, jobs, quality education, and other things that they should have.”
The Irede Foundation hopes that the 2023 Out On A Limb charity walk will raise awareness about disability rights and promote inclusion in society. With participants from over 59 locations globally, they aim to create a more inclusive society where everyone has equal opportunities to succeed.
The charity walk will take place on Friday, April 8th, at 7 am in all 59 locations simultaneously. The foundation encourages everyone to join them in creating a more inclusive society for differently-abled individuals.
Vindication Joseph, the foundation’s Program Manager, gave a vote of thanks at the end of the press conference. The foundation expressed their gratitude to everyone who has supported their cause over the years and encouraged more people to join in creating a more inclusive world.