Out on a limb

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Added On April 14, 2014

A charitable foundation in Nigeria held a 2-kilometer walk on Saturday to raise awareness of the difficulties faced by children who have had limbs amputated, a serious problem in the developing world. The event also raised money to buy artificial limbs for the children.
 
LIFESTYLES has the details.
 
The Irede Foundation is taking the plight of Child Amputees to the streets. 
 
The "OUT ON A LIMB" awareness walk is the Foundation's latest initiative. 
 
The two-kilometer walk at Ikoyi, the most affluent neighborhood of Lagos in southwest Nigeria, attracted more than 500 people, including health officials, international organization representatives, NGOs, and Hollywood stars.
 
Chibu Azubieke, one of the event organizers, said the walk is one of their awareness program aimed at bringing the attention of society to the challenges faced by child amputees.
   
SOUNDBITE: CHIBU AZUBIEKE, Organizer
"This is one of our educate program where we sensitize society on the challenges, that is why 'Out on a Limb'is an awareness walk, just to let the society know we need to come out for these children. Irele foundation is basically set up for children who had gone through amputation for whatever reason, whether because of a congenital issue or anything that has to do with an accident or some mishap of life."
 
Kate Henshaw, a Hollywood actress and one of the participants, said she is supporting the project because of the children.
   
SOUNDBITE: KATE HENSHAW, Actress
"For me, am a mother and also have a child, I just thought how will it feel like if it were my daughter who was without a lame, am sure I will need help from my friends and family and even from well wishers too, that's basically why am here. Because i believe if each one help one we can make the world a better place if we all come together and help each other, lend a helping hand things will be better especially for children who can't help themselves."
   
In Nigeria, most amputees children are caused by gangrene. 
 
And according to UNICEF, 200 million children are born with a physical disability or become disabled before they are 19. 
 
Three quarters of them live in the developing world and most so not have equal access to education or jobs.