NAS Charity Red Ball is an annual event organized by National Association of Seadogs to raise funds for humanitarian causes, taking into consideration the prevalent issues of society at the time. The event is also used to showcase previous NAS charity endeavors and present roadmaps for future events.
The event is usually hosted by a celebrity guest and takes place on the evening after the Wole Soyinka Annual Lecture. It is formal with a banquet, live music, games and a raffle draw. Tickets are sold for the event and the proceeds are channeled towards the cause(s) it is dedicated to.
The 2013 event, the third in the series, focused on the issue of Street Children and the difference education can make. The Celebrity Guest was Nollywood actor and star, Sam Dede. Awareness and support was raised for street children NGO Child Life Line, Lagos. It raised funds that was used to set up a fully equipped library for the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Uyo Centre. The library is for the use of children rescued from trafficking. The event also funded to purchase and donation of an 18 seater bus, mattereses and industrial gas cooker for the Child Life Line, Ibeshe, Lagos. (www.childlifeline.org)
This was followed up with a workshop in November at Abuja where the Country Director of Action Aid, Hussaini Abdu discussed Abuja "Taking the Nigerian Child off the Streets: The Impact of Corruption on Achieving Universal Primary Education”.
The 2014 NAS Charity Red Ball, focused on Street Children and raised funds to support two causes: Child Life Line, Gbagada, Lagos and Street Children Care and Welfare Initiative, Yaba, Lagos (www.sccwi.org). The legendary maestro Jimi Solanke was the celebrity guest artiste.
Funds raised from these events also went towards the Give A Future Project which is a Play & Reading Initiative through which creative play and reading rooms have been setup for Orosanya Orphanage, Benin, Edo State and St Anne’s Catholic Orphanage in Warri, Delta State. A fully equipped library project for the Street Children Care and Welfare Initiative, Yaba was built and commissioned in February 2015.
The 5th NAS Charity Red Ball took place at Greenbelt Marriot, Washington DC on 12th June 2015. It had Nollywood movie director Jeta Amata as the celebrity special guest. It raised awareness and funds towards the autism cause. Later in August same year, a second edition of the 5th NAS Charity Red Ball held in Calabar Cross River State, Nigeria. The celebrity guest was Nollywood movie star Kate Henshaw. The event focused on children with learning disability and raised funds for projects in Amaudo Itumbauzo Project Comfort School for Children with Learning Disability (www.amaudo.org) as well as the Special Education Secondary School in Calabar Cross River State.
2016 Red Ball, the 6th in the series, will focus on Mental Health. Mind UK Charity is the proposed charity that the event will be supporting.
For more information on some of the Street Child Projects the Red Ball has funded, please visit our Facebook page, NAS Street Child Project.