Aruna (left) with wife, Ganiyat (right) and some children of the hospice during the visit on Tuesday, August 13th.

Just like he did in 2018 after winning the Nigeria Open, Aruna Quadri, accompanied by his wife, Ganiyat, visited a Lagos-based Children’s Hospice on Tuesday, August 13th, where he donated food items and other materials to support the home.

An official of Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice based in the heart of Lagos, Surulere, Samuel Ilori described Quadri’s gesture as commendable, adding the 2019 ITTF Challenge Plus Nigeria Open Champion would be the second sportsman to have visited the home this year after football star, Henry Onyekuru visited early this year.

“We are very grateful to the Aruna family for remembering this home. This is a private hospice that relies on individual and group donations to sustain itself and with this gesture of Aruna Quadri, he has also given hope to others in need,” the social worker said.

During the visit, Quadri toured the home and visited some of the children who are chronically ill. In his remarks, Quadri said the gesture was part of his appreciation to God for His goodness.

“I’m very happy to have continued what we started last year and I give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity and touching my heart to show love to the less-privileged. I’m also very happy for what God has done for me so far this year, so this is a way of showing appreciation to God for His blessings on me and my family. By His grace, I will continue to do this and I pray to God to give me strength and everything that will be needed to keep doing this year after year,” Quadri said.

He added: “I love making people happy and giving back as a sacrifice because I believe so much in God and whatever He has blessed us with, it is very important that we give part of it back to the society so that He can bless us more. This is one of the reasons I’m doing this.”

The Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice was opened on October 2, 2003 in response to a steadily increasing number of abandoned, orphaned and sick children suffering from a vast range congenital abnormalities.

Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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