As part of her contribution to youth empowerment through sports, Canopus West Africa Limited has thrown its weight behind the El Classico trails –an initiative of Bevmo Hephzibah Ventures.
Moveon Gel El Clasico trials is a project that is aimed at discovering and helping talented persons in sports by taking them off the streets and providing the platform for them to become what they wish to be in life and achieve their goals and dreams. It has been in existence for four years.
General Manager of Canopus West Africa Periyar Panneerselvam in a statement at the media launch of the 2015 edition tagged Moveon Gel El Classico trails disclosed that their involvement in the project was born out of the company’s stance towards creating an enabling environment for youth empowerment and development in a bid to forestall crimes and any other social vices.
“When we saw the proposal from Bevmo, we discovered that the ideals of Canopus were in line with what they (Bevmo) were trying to achieve. We could see the values of the project that’s why we decided to be part of it and we are very excited about the project.
“As a company we do believe that success of a company doesn’t really reflect on the balance sheet and profit but providing a platform for people to pursue their dreams and goals in life. At the end of the trials we hope to through some light, some inspiration to the youths across Nigeria to live their dreams.”
Reacting to the kind gesture of Canopus West Africa, an elated Managing Director of Bevmo Sports Ikpo Moses said;
“For a long time we had been managing to put the events together on our own and this year, someone from somewhere noticed saw the vision and the concept and decided to key into it as not only part of their Corporate Social Responsibility move but part of their intent towards healing Nigeria not only medically but through sports.
“I’d like to state is clearly that Canopus saw us on the street walking with our placards in search of those that will help Nigerian youths through sports –financially, morally and materially.
“Canopus saw us and said hey, don’t take that placard to the next door, bring to us and we will give you the full support that you want and we will ensure that at the end, this youths are going to be what you (Bevmo) want them to be.”
According to Moses, the event which will be in phases as they hope to comb the entire sphere of Nigeria for talented sports persons in football, athletics and basketball will begin with the South West Zone with Lagos and Oyo penciled down as a pilot scheme.