—- AS ARISE WALK FOR LIFE 2022 HOLDS THIS SATURDAY
In less than 48 hours, Arise walk for life 2022 will commence and it will be one of the most iconic events of 2022 due to the setup of the health walk.
The 2022 edition of this yearly walk tagged; “#Appointedtolive,” will hold on Saturday 15th October 2022 and it is to promote a preventive health approach.
This was disclosed at a media parley in Lagos put together by the organisers of the event, Dr Siju Iluyomade which was held on Sunday, October 9, at Four Point By Sheraton Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
ARISE Walk for Life is a forerunner to the 14th ARISE Women’s Conference held annually and it is for everyone- male and female; young and old. Arise Walk for Life helps to improve wellness and better health among women, men and children. As one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, ‘HEALTH FOR ALL’ can better be achieved through prevention rather than allowing people to get sick and seek medical solutions. Arise Walk for Life is #APPOINTEDTOLIVE as the benefits of walking are shown to include reducing stress and anxiety and boosting immunity, amongst many others.
These were some of the things the Convener of the event pointed out. The organisers revealed that Clusters of walking communities have been formed globally to make every step count from a safe distance. She also stated that there are various clusters across the nations from Lagos to Abuja, Uyo Abeokuta, Port Harcourt, Ibadan, Akure, West African Coast, United Kingdom, Scotland, United States of America, Asia, Canada and other nations.
The convener of Arise Walk for Life, Dr. Siju Iloyomade, has said that the primary goal of organizing the annual event was for the health benefits of all participants. The walk will begin simultaneously by 7 am local time in all participating countries and Participants are to register their clusters on the Arise Walk website.
Dr. Siju while addressing the press stressed the critical need to keep fit and encourage preventive illness instead of a curative approach especially as some countries continue to battle COVID-19.
She noted that walking helps improve immunity and physical health, adding that participants in this year’s walk stand a chance of winning up to $2,000 for the best cluster.
“Nigeria is blessed, more than many countries of the world but most countries live longer than us. We must also encourage walking, it elongates lifespan and gives good health, that is what Arise wants to encourage with this initiative, hence we need to continuously exercise to keep body and spirit in tune. “At ARISE, we take health very seriously because you need to be in sound health to do anything tangible. The Arise Walk for Life is a place for everyone irrespective of status, tribe, religion, or nationality, it is a place for all”,
She also stated that Arise was an ideology and in a short period, made giant strides in areas of health, women, and community empowerment with a focus on 12 pillars out of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
She added: “During the hit of the COVID-19 crisis in many homes, Arise Pink Bucket which contains food items helped to reduce economic hardship on low-income families in the different villages spread across all states in Nigeria that Arise has visited and completed projects from across the 12
pillars selected from the 17 United Nations SDGs”.
She thanked partners and volunteers for their generosity, dedication, and commitment to this cause and urged participants of the Walk for life to create awareness for regular physical exercise and proper health checks.
Earlier before the walk, the event this year witnessed a Golf tournament where over a hundred professional golfers participated at the Ikoyi club 1938. This was added to create more awareness about how golf also supports good health and elongates life,
Also, Arise football match that will feature ex-Super Eagles internationals is slated for Friday October 14 at the Onikan Stadium to commemorate this year’s edition. Among over 15 football legends that will participate are, Kanu Nwankwo, Austin Eguaveon, Austin Okocha, Daniel Amokachi, and Uche Okechukwu, Taribo West to mention a few.
Arise is a humanitarian and charitable organization, which has been a great support system for women, their families, and the community by delivering care to the most vulnerable in society through their mobile clinics – Arise hospitals, as well as the donation of boreholes, medical reliefs and schools to mention a few. ARISE interventions illustrate a long-term growth that has contributed to a wide variety of social outcomes such as good leadership, education, healthcare delivery and economic prosperity in our communities. ARISE remains focused on consistently creating sustainable communities for the future