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Merry Christmas from BellaNaija! Find Out How We Celebrated with 30 Special Children – #BNDoGood

Uche P

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Merry Christmas from BellaNaija 2014 - Fun Day with Tripican & Childlifeline 251Merry Christmas BellaNaija Fam!
It has been a blessed year all around; and to celebrate we enjoyed an absolutely fun day with 30 very special children. All through the year, we have worked hard to give back to our community in various ways. However, we felt we needed to do something extra special for the Christmas season… so we did!

We brainstormed a day out at the cinema with children who definitely needed a “pick me up” to put smiles on their faces this season.

The BN team worked together to amplify the idea with amazing Christmas gifts and a day filled with fun.

We reached out to Child Life-Line, a non-profit organisation,  which does remarkable work with vulnerable at-risk youth by empowering them through formal and/or vocational education. Child Life-Line works relentlessly to reconnect them with their families. We also had Nigeria’s premier movie ticketing site – Tripican.com for the cinema tickets.
The BellaNaija Christmas 2014 Fun Day, in collaboration with Tripican.com was born!

We had a great time. None of the 30 children had visited a cinema before. Sadly most of the young teenage girls are pregnant (this also limits their access to non-profit programmes due to government regulations); the boys also face various challenges each day. The day was a chance for them to be children and leave the very adult issues they experience, daily, behind.

From the smiles on the faces of the children, we knew all the planning was worth it. The children laughed out loud during the movie, smiled all through lunch and picked up their Santa bag filled with educational and fun gifts.

A huge thank you to everyone that came out on the day – BN team, Tripican team, Child Life-Line team and chaperones, Insigna Media team, Wadami, Oyinda, our little helpers (Fadeke & Morinola), my mum and le hubs.

Check out photos below and wishing you a very blessed Christmas & a happy New Year!

~Uche

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The day started at Child Life-Line’s drop in centre in Ifako-Gbagada. There, we picked up children who had travelled from the charity’s residential home in Ikorodu, and also children from the neighbourhood who regularly visit their drop-in centre.

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Our venue was the Silverbird Cinema at the Ikeja Mall. The children liked the mall and we took a quick look around before we headed to the movie theatre.

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The kids definitely had a blast during the Disney’s Big Hero 6 – a story about family, friendship, trust and finding your happiness (you should see it!). They cheered, clapped, and laughed all through.

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Striking a pose after the movie

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Gift time!

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During lunch, we got a chance to chat with our special guests one-on-one.

By 1:30 pm when  it was time to go, we were very happy that CLL allowed us the privilege of spending time with these special children.

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Time to head home…

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We’d love to have our BN Fam join us next year. Till then..Enjoy your holiday.

Photos: Insigna Media
Gifts and Packaging: Ribbon Room (The children loved the Santa bags!)
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Find out more about Child Life-Line HERE

26 Comments

  1. The girl who flies planes

    December 25, 2014 at 7:48 am

    God bless you all.
    This is very touching………

  2. www.thelmathinks.com

    December 25, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Splendid BN! This is very commendable and I’m sure those kids would be grateful to you guys for a very long time. BUT you should have gotten us involved. Not fair.

    • idomagirl

      December 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

      I agree.

  3. Banjo

    December 25, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Wow, BN team did a great work putting smiles all those kids heart. It will always be memorable. Keep it up with such initiative.

  4. hilda

    December 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

    aww this is tooo cute

  5. Anonymous

    December 25, 2014 at 9:23 am

    You be my sweet website, correct! Any gist wey you give, na correct! Merry Christmas!!

  6. nonconformist

    December 25, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Very commendable.be sure to involve your blog visitors next year. Bless you!

  7. Ruby

    December 25, 2014 at 10:12 am

    Well done Bella! merry Christmas guys!

  8. Ona

    December 25, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Well done Uche! I agree with the people who said to involve us next time….. We can all certainly help make this much bigger and better for these less privileged kids! Happy holidays to the BN team.

  9. Uche Pedro Admirer

    December 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Awwww! Thank you BN for giving back. Twas so nice to see Uche. We’d love to see more of you.

  10. Olori Tari

    December 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Am I the only one that got frigging excited when I saw ‘by Uche Pedro’…lol I don’t even know why. Okay,it’s only me.

    To more important issues, weldone to the BN team! Very very thoughtful, doing things tastefully is what you guys are good at. Prior to today, these idea of taking kids out has never attracted me and I have seen quite a lot. Seeing this makes me want to do the same..I cant imagine the joy you put in their hearts. I pray they always find a reason to crack that smile just like this.

    Ps: the write up makes this a lot more better. Merry Christmas everyone!

    • zelda

      December 29, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      not only u ,me too

  11. Tosin

    December 25, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    awwwwwwwww.

  12. Samuel

    December 25, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    This is commendable Bella. Pls keep it up. Life is about giving and not so much as only acquiring of cars and houses. Welldone!

  13. omoibo

    December 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    @BN, very well done. To Whom much has been given much is required, I’m a believer in this.
    Merry Christmas & a prosperous New Year to BN and all of its blog readers…. PS, looking forward to some juicy gist in 2015 😛

  14. umoh Linda

    December 25, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    God bless bella naija, dis was so thotful of u, God will not forget ur labour of love..merry christmas to bella naija crew..

  15. benny

    December 25, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Nice to see Uche Pedro. Nice to know she will go back to being private after this.

    This is lovely BN. Very touching too. U cld come up with ways to include us as a community. Thank you

  16. S!

    December 25, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    When Geneive Nnaji took ppl to see Anne, there were ppl condemning her for showing off her good deeds.
    No it’s opened doors for more ppl to do so.

  17. Sisi

    December 25, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    Awww, very thoughtful of you guys.

  18. Ibinabo

    December 26, 2014 at 10:03 am

    God bless BN now and always.. Merry Christmas to Bruno, Olori tari, Idoma girl, and all the anonymous BNaijarians..

  19. Naija Rebrander

    December 26, 2014 at 11:23 am

    You have done really great by touching those lives out there but must not be on this season only rather every time…i will some post my pix a took in Kona village tag “Jesus love at Christmas” at Kona village, Jalingo…watchout soon!

    naijarebrander.blogspot.com

    #GodSaveOurCountry***

  20. Frances Okoro

    December 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    God bless you Uche.
    #reaching out beyond the online pages…
    God bless you and the BN team.

  21. Glowing Sapphire

    December 27, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Very commendable. The Joy etched in the hearts of these little ones would last a lifetime lovelies. Well done Team BN!!!!

  22. Mz Socially Awkward...

    December 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    It’s so heartwarming to read this (& also heartbreaking to read about some of the teenage girls being pregnant); a God bless you guys for reaching out to and putting joy in some young hearts. And yes, those of us who can would be honoured to partner with you whenever you’re thinking of doing something similar in the future so please keep us in the know. 🙂

  23. REXOVIC

    December 29, 2014 at 8:57 am

    WELL DONE BN TEAM………….

  24. Engee

    December 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    well done BN God bless your efforts…. i love you Uche.

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