The flag off of “Betty Sunday Foundation” was held December 9, 2017 at Destiny Academy Secondary School, Otukpo. The initiator of the “Right to Education” project, Queen Betty Akem Sunday, who completed her National Youth Service in Benue State on Novemeber 2, 2017 said the foundation is aimed at helping vulnerable and less privileged children have access to quality education. At the opening ceremony, not less than seven pupils were awarded by the initiator, Queen Betty.
In her welcome address, Queen Betty thanked Darolls Support Initiatives for helping her fulfill her dreams of touching the lives of the less privileged. According to her, “My mission is to inspire breakthrough in the way the society treats down-trodden children and to achieve immediate change in their lives by sending children in the street of Nigeria back to school and providing school materials to vulnerable children”.
She said her dream of becoming a humanitarian was borne out of her passion to give back to the society, because she knows what it feels like not to have anyone to turn to. However, this passion was ignited when she emerged as 2nd runner up of Darrolls Support Initiatives (DSI) ambassador on the 1st of October, 2017. She noted that DSI gave her hope, strength and a future that gave birth to her pet project being launched today “RIGHT TO EDUCATION”.
Speaking at the event, the Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Joseph Urama admonished youths to develop the ability to translate whatever they have learnt in the classroom to helping the society. According to him, any business or initiative built on the foundation of helping humanity will stand the test of time. He further enjoined the students to emulate Queen Betty in transferring the capital value of their brains to reality.
In his own remarks, the Managing Partner, Darolls Nigeria Limited, Mr. Lanre Omole said he was impressed by the initiative of Queen Betty and pledged the organization’s support in ensuring that the foundation achieves its purpose.
According to him, the DSI scheme is poised at supporting the youths in achieving their dreams. He said, DSI is in the business of giving grants to young Nigerians who have sustainable business ideas, but do not have the capital to start up. Loans are also availed to young people at 1% interest rate, the first of its kind in Nigeria. He also noted that training on entrepreneurial skills is organized for interested youths free of charge. He therefore, encouraged the youths to take advantage of the partnership between DSI, Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), and First Bank Plc to train over 8 million Nigerians in capacity building.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of awards to the deserving pupils of Destiny Demonstration Nursery/Primary School and Destiny Academy, Eupi, Otukpo.
Blessing Ocheme, a pre-nursery school pupil and the face of Betty Sunday Foundation, received grant for the payment of her school fees up to Senior Secondary level.
Ochai Regina, an SS 2 student and winner of Miss DASSO competition, received grant for a 3-term fees, WAEC, JAMB and 1st Semester fees in any University of her choice plus N25, 000 cash prize.
Chris Samuel, a JSS 2 student and winner of King DASSO competition, also received a grant for the payment of a 3 –term fees and N25, 000 cash prize
Victoria Onyeke, Abdul Abu, Sekinatu Ibrahim, and Jude Pius all received grants for the payments of 3-term fees and N10, 000 each.
Parents of the awardees expressed their profound gratitude to Queen Betty and Darolls Support Initiatives for the gesture and solicited that such, be extended to other schools in the state.