Corporate Organizations have been called to promote the wellness and fitness of the elderly through Sports and other Recreational activities that would enhance their mental health in the country.
This call was made by the Centre for Gender Economics, CGE, Africa during its 2nd Annual Football Match to commemorate International Day for the Older Persons 2021.
With the theme, ‘My Football, My Therapy’, the CEO, CGE, Uchenna Idoko disclosed that, promoting the initiative would aid the mental and physical health of the aged people to make them feel the sense of belonging in the society.
This is the second football tournament for the Senior Women Association Football League, SEWA FL and the competition started last year. In Nigeria, October 1 was celebrated as Independent Day but globally, it is the United Nations International Day for Older Persons.
On sustainability, she said, “We have received a grant through Global Affairs, Canada through its project called Women’s Voice and Leadership Project. We hope to attract more funding beyond next year and we call on all organizations to see the initiative as the Nation’s Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR to promote their brands.
Also speaking, the Community Mobilizer, Mosunmola Oki, disclosed that the tournament was held between the Itedo and Maiyegun Communities in Lagos.
According to her, it has been fun relating with aged women in the community. To see to their well being. They were happy on the pitch as they were playing football. This is something very rare to see in the country.
They were so happy to partake in the football competition. Some of them have been abandoned by their relatives. Some of these women have been indoor for so long and have had no one to interact with.