Young Abuja autism patients receive timely boost

by News24

Abuja - Local children suffering from autism are set to benefit from funds an energy company will raise through a golf tournament set for Abuja this weekend.

The funds will be raised through the 20th edition of Total’s Annual Golf Charity Tournament set for the IBB International Golf and Country Club on Saturday.

Officials said all players are expected to make voluntary donations as participating fees.

The amount realised will be added to a special fund set aside by Total and presented to selected charity organisations.

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Proceeds from this year’s tournament shall be donated for improvement of infrastructure at the Zaamar Institute, Abuja, a learning ability centre for children with autism.

Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

“Total E&P Nigeria is proud to continue supporting such initiatives aimed at giving back to society,” said Nicolas Terraz, Managing Director of Total E&P Nigeria Ltd.

Two charities in Lagos benefitted from proceeds of this initiative in 2013. These are the Ajofa Special Education Foundation for the Deaf and the St Kizito Clinic, Idi-Araba.

In 2014, the Compassion Home, Nkpogu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, a care centre for physically challenged children was the beneficiary.

This year’s competition will be by Stable Ford format and played over 18 holes. About 150 golfers from various parts of the country are expected to participate.

The tournament is designed to raise funds for improvement of infrastructure in selected local charities as part of the company’s social responsibility.

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