World Children's Day
On November 1, 2003 Lolo African Children's Foundation celebrated it first annual World Children's Day event. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of impoverished children in Sub-Sahara Africa and to celebrate cultural diversity. The entertainment included traditional dancers from different parts of the world, a clown, face painting and a raffle. There was also a variety of food and drinks. The Chairman and CEO of LACF, Mr. Ossy E. Ahanotu spoke first. He began by thanking the parents in the audience for the wonderful job they were doing of raising their kids. He then reminded everyone in the audience of the condition of children in Africa and proceeded to give a very moving speech about what children need. "the children of the world" then joined him on stage. They were children from diverse ethnic backgrounds dressed in traditional regalia.
The children welcomed the audience in their native languages such as Lebanese, Japanese, and Igbo. A reminder to everyone in the audience that no matter where in the world, all children need the same things in order to thrive. They need Love, Family, Friends, Encouragement, Appreciation, Inspiration, Guidance and You.
The guest speaker at the event was Massachusetts State Senator David Magnani. He reminded everyone that children in Africa are no different from children in America and no child should go hungry. Senator Magnani encouraged everyone in the audience to make a commitment to help African children in need. Our thanks to Target stores, Senator Magnani, Father Pronzo and St. Tarcisius Parish and all the volunteers who helped make World Children's Day a success. See you all at the Second Annual World Children's Day event!