In the summer of 2009, Aid for Aids Africa and Reach the Children will host the first Deyale Day. This will be a fundraising event full of sports, music, and art for the children of the Osu and Village of Hope Orphanages. We expect our first experience to be filled with over an hundred smiling and excited faces as we commemorate this special day.
This event is named in honor of Tharrin Deyale Chambers, the brother of Angel Chambers. His life was an inspiration to her as he dealt with the challenges of Grand Mal seizures yet never letting this disorder handicap him. He loved sports, particularly basketball, until his premature death at the age of 26. This event is designed with that spirit of overcoming various handicaps, rather they be health, economic, or social, for the sake of loving and living life. It is this virtue of strength through Christ that we wish to pass on to every child so they “might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Children deserve every opportunity to succeed. Our goal is to plant healthy seeds of self-discipline, self-esteem, team work, appreciation and understanding for the world around them. With Ghana’s increasing global recognition, it is imperative for the youth, despite economic or social backgrounds, to have these basic skills in order to compete and excel in the international community. It is to our advantage that sport is one the most effective routes to developing these traits.
Deyale Day will host several football competitions. The first set will serve as the qualifying round within each orphanage. The winners of the first round will represent their orphanage in the final showcase. All participants will receive recognition and awards for demonstrating teamwork and excelling in sportsmanship. Afterwards, all of the kids will be able to sit in the front rows and watch their mentors of the various Ghanaian football leagues in action as the Pro Game begins.
What better way to showcase the little leaders and increase the profit margin than to open the event to the public? For a minimal donation of 5 cedis, the community will be invited to the festivities to help cheer on the children and the professional players. Afterwards, the proceeds will be split 80% between Osu Children’s Home and Village of Hope and 20% between Reach the Children and AID for AIDS Africa respectfully.
In addition to the sport games, the kids on the sidelines will have the opportunity to show their pride and support by making posters or splashing on body paint. This will make for a colorful artistic display of team spirit and camaraderie.