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HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

We successfully launched the first Youths who Run the World Club with the Students of Summerset Bilingual College at the Molyko Stadium in Buea. The programme started with arrivals at 7:00am. Upon arrival, we started with opening prayers, a welcome address and words about Youths who run the World by Miss Noela Lyonga. This was followed with words from the Summerset school administrator who was present Mr. Bliss after which we proceeded with the presentation on How to Live a Healthy and Active Lifestyle. After the brief presentations we continued with aerobics, stretches and then we had the race.
Stretches before the run

The mini race took place round the Stadium about 20 rounds after which we announced a stop with top 3 great runners who were identified. During the run we had to remove some runners who were walking but showed interest in the run from the start line. However, when the run ended we registered the names and contact numbers of students who came with their sportswear at the stadium. This made up to a total of 138 out of 200+ with ages from 12 to 23 years. We also had about 4 youths who are mountain race runners who met us at the stadium and decided to join the run. The remaining students were not recorded as they came to the stadium either with skirts and sandals and their official uniforms which could not be used for sports. However, we encouraged the students to feel free to join the next club meeting and run which was scheduled for Saturday the 29th of February.
Runners running round the Stadium

At the end of the run, we had some short interviews with the media of some participants, group photographs and light refreshment made of the distribution of apples, bananas and water to all runners. We have attached more images on #Youthwhoruntheworld Instagram page.
Interview session with media

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Youths who Run the World activities in Yaounde commemorated with pre-activity communication on Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) on the programs Cameroon Feeling in English and Bonjour in French (12th and 13th of September 2019) . During the interviews, we shared advice on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle and spoke more about Youths who Run the World. We shared the experience running with youths in Douala, Limbe, Buea and Kribi. We called on young people watching to endeavour to be active and healthy where ever they find themselves watching on:

  • eating a balance diet
  • avoiding the consumption of harmful drugs and excess alcohol
  • Stay away from smoking
  • Sleeping well

A brief history about Youths who Run the World was also given mentioning sir Dan Thompson as the main inspiration and funder behind the project in collaboration with the Noela Lyonga Foundation. We also mentioned the British High Commission as one of the main partners who came in particularly to support the run in Yaounde.

On Friday, 13th September 2019 at 7:20am a team of 7 volunteers arrived at Masters Bilingual College located in Mballa 2. These volunteers included: Tata Elvis , Nchindo Beltus, Takafor Maris-Lucia, Amin Piero, Prince Tayou, Aloh Nineveh, Sandra Ekane and Miss Noela lyonga. Our agenda for the day included:

– A welcome speech by the Principal

– Presentation on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle by Noela Lyonga

–  Presentation of programme about the 2km run by  Nchindo Beltus

– Closing Remarks

– Group Photo

– Departure

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At 7:30am, we commemorated with the activities with a word from the principal of Masters Bilingual College. He began by advising the students to see the visit and presentation as an opportunity to learn, apply and do their best to be responsible. He proceeded by saying the students should also ask significant questions that will help everybody. He concluded by saying thanks to Youths who Run the World for coming to their school and looks forward for more actions that can help the development of these students.

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This welcome address was followed by the presentation of the day which was done by Miss Noela Lyonga. She started by animating the students with a shout of “ Youths who Run The World” in which the students responded ‘We are Youths who Run the World’. During this presentation on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, she began by telling the students the main inspiration behind the project is Sir Dan Thompson who has a target of covering 10km run in 206 countries but has decided to also engage more young people in living a healthy and active lifestyle by engaging in the funding of this project. She continued by saying although sir Dan covers 10km, the youths who Run the World project covers 2km and has so far been to 4 towns in Cameroon with Yaounde being the 5th and looking forward to make it a Global Target. In a summary she said together we hope youths can grow old living a healthy and active lifestyle to prevent diseases like cancer, depression, heart diseases.

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This was followed by the acknowledgement of partners like the British High Commission in Yaounde who have also encouraged and supported Run the World activities in Yaounde and Douala. She also spoke about the Noela Lyonga Foundation activities which encourages and inspires people to use volunteerism  to:  develop a healthy lifestyle, empower communities, promote rehabilitation and reintegration of inmates and post volunteers in institutions for experiences, skills, networks, knowledge and experiences that can land them to gaining or creating a job. As she moved to the next phase she gave a rundown of Youths who run the World in other towns  like Limbe, Kribi , Buea and Douala.

Following this, all participants were called upon to be a “ BADASS ”. A BADASS was explained to be BMI ( body Mass Index),  Active, Alcohol, Diet, Smoking, Sleep. After the presentation we had interesting contributions and questions which really illustrated the interest of the participants in keeping, practicing and sharing the knowledge they had acquired on living a healthy and Active lifestyle.
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In conclusion Nchindo Beltus gave the dressing code for the run (sportswear) and he described the itinerary of the 2km run from rond point Bastos to Mount Febe and to the British High Commissioner residence. We proceeded to a group photograph and departure.

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On this same day at 11:45 we arrived the 2nd school called Champion Secondary school located in Obili.

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We had the same agenda as was seen above during our visit to Masters. Upon arrival the students were already sited in the hall and waiting it took a couple of minutes to set up and we effectively started at 12:00 noon. The opening was done by the Vice Principal Mr. Musi as the Principal was occupied with other activities upon our arrival. Though the principal had granted few minutes welcome to the team upon our arrival on campus.

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This was followed by the presentation on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle which was done by Noela Lyonga.

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After the presentation, the itinerary was presented by coach Beltus followed by a closing remark and we proceeded to group photographs.

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Day of the Run

On Saturday, 14th September 2019, volunteers of Noela Lyonga Foundation arrived rond point Bastos at 6:20am alongside some guests, volunteers from P.A.D.P., students and staffs of Masters Bilingual College, Champion Secondary School, staffs from the British High Commission Yaounde and the British High Commissioner in person of sir Rowan Laxton with his son.

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Assisted by young coach Nchindo Beltus, we started with recommended exercises like butt trench, army arms…. Before the take off, the itinerary was described once more to all participants. After this the British High Commissioner gave some more insights and history about the run and sir Dan Thompson in person. He urged the youths to take good care of their health by engagctive and healthy lifestyles that will enable them grow old better as well as preventing diseases like cancer, depression.

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The run was launch at 7:30am at Rond Point Bastos up to Mount Febe and back down to the British High Commissioner’s residence covering a total of approximately 2km.

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Our finish line was at the residence of the British High Commissioner where we had aerobics and stretches which was followed by a closing remark of thanks to all those who put in efforts to make Youths who Run the World a success in Yaounde. Some special invitees and volunteers were also recognised like volunteers of P.A.D.P, Miss Christian, the South West President for Persons living with Disabilities and all the media who spoke about the event on air and those who granted us interviews. Special thanks was given to sir Dan Thompson for inspiring the youths and supporting the project to keep helping many young people build a healthy and active lifestyle. Sir Rowan gave the final words which was also a big appreciation to everyone who gave in their efforts to make the activities the best most especially, sir Dan Thompson and Miss Noela Lyonga.

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This session was followed by group photos inside the residence and immediately after, breakfast was made available to all participants including: watermelon, pineapple, jinger juice, fulerie juice, tea and mini cakes. While the participants were having their breakfast, we still had some networking session and entertainment from some of the kids who were sharing their plans to set a new pace in the days to come.

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To conclude, Youths who run the World in Yaounde recorded 237 participants and sold 32 t-shirts at 3,500frs each. The main challenge was to sell the t-shirts. Since the kids could not afford we had to sell mainly to other guests and well wishers who were interested in supporting the project. On recommendation, we were advised to produce and sell t-shirts at least 2 months before the deal day of the next event. Also, we were asked to make available an ambulance in any next run just in case of injuries and any need of first aid.

On Saturday, 22nd June 2019, volunteers from Noela Lyonga Foundation arrived in Limbe at about 7:45am in the Delegation of Youths and Civic Education Hall where the Limbe youths had assembled.

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This was followed by the official opening of the programmed by some authorities present. Mr. Marcel, the director of the Multi-purpose Youth Empowerment Centre of Limbe III, opened the event by introducing the Noela Lyonga Foundation team, followed by an opening prayer which was done by one of the participants. Immediately after, there was the singing of the National Anthem and an opening speech by Mr. Isaac Ekombe the Divisional Delegate of Youths and Civic Education Fako-Limbe who welcomed the team and addressed the participants by laying emphasis on the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. The Delegate also thanked the Youth Leaders of Limbe who assisted in the mobilization of participants. An educator of the Youth Empowerment also gave a word and he departed.

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This was followed by a brief presentation of the project and partners by a volunteer coach from the Noela Lyonga Foundation Mr. Agbor Bate who ended with inspirational words to the participants. Miss Noela Lyonga gave a detailed presentation after this. At the beginning of her presentation, she asked the participants to stand up and jump with a shout of Youths Who Run the World. She introduced Sir Dan Thompson as the main inspiration behind the project and spoke about his inspirational journey running 10km all over World and his great support to encourage young people live healthy and active lifestyle through this project. This was followed by a presentation of five active tips for a healthy living which was introduced as the ‘BEANS’. From this, she spoke about the importance of being active through exercising, eating appropriately, avoiding smoking and better sleeping habits.

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After the presentation, we proceeded to the 2km run. The run started with stretches in an open space next to the Divisional Delegation hall. After the stretch we ran down to Bokaro Down Beach and back to the Delegation. At the end we had stretches and distribution of water and snacks. Images and videos can be made available on request.

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In conclusion, we had 100 participants with 90% between the ages of 12 and 25. The run was a success with the following recommendations:

– Provision of First Aid Boxes should be made available next time

– The runners should always start slowly before speeding up to avoid injuries.

 

Before the trip to Kribi we were asked to pay 20,000frs to the authorities. A reason we had to go down earlier to meet with some authorities and youth leaders in the community. However, on the deal day, we started at 7:00am in the morning with stretches while waiting for the council authority who had the keys to the SAR/SM where we assembled.

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The staff came in at about 7:45am and we noticed the booked hall could not take a projector. This made us to use the entrance of the Chief of Staff’s office for the presentation. During the presentation, we used the Senior School presentation on how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. The presentation was really challenging since the youths there speak more of French than English. However, we did our best to make sure they understand thanks to one of the youth leaders who came in from time to time as a translator. This was one of the most challenging experiences ever and also the language difference brought a lot of distractions too.

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After the presentation, we went out again, started with a walk and then we proceeded with the 2km run from SAR/SM to Rond Point Mokolo and back to SAR/SM.

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We had more stretches at the end of the run and feedback from the participants. Some requested we create a whatsapp group for all the Youths who Run the World participants which will enable us all keep in touch for future activities if need be and also to encourage others keep up with the lessons of what was presented in their real life. Whatsapp contacts were collected during which a traditional dance presentation was done.

We had more stretches at the end of the run and feedback from the participants. Some requested we create a WhatsApp group for all the Youths who Run the World participants which will enable us all keep in touch for future activities if need be and also to encourage others keep up with the lessons of what was presented in their real life. WhatsApp contacts were collected during which a traditional dance presentation was done.

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The programme ended at about 9:30 am with a group video which we hope to forward alongside other images and videos.

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On Saturday, 4th of May 2019, Youths Who Run the World was launched in Douala by Noela Lyonga Foundation in partnership with Cancer Research UK and Run the World Foundation. Youths who run the world took place in University of Douala and it was a 2km run from university of Douala Campus 1 to Campus 2 and back.

The volunteers of Noela Lyonga Foundation and the participants arrived at the University of Douala at 7am. The agenda of the programmed included;

  • Arrival of volunteers
  • Arrival of participants
  • Opening prayer
  • A word from the CEO of Noela Lyonga Foundation
  • A word from the president of National Youth Council
  • Presentation on healthy and active life style by Miss Noela Lyonga
  • Kick off of 2km run

The programme was presided by a welcome speech from the Chief Executive of the Noela Lyonga Foundation Miss Lyonga Mwindo Noela who thanked every volunteer and participant for coming for the 2km run without forgetting Sir Dan Thompson for introducing an excellent programme.

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The next speaker was the President of National Youth Council who encouraged every participant to take this great work serious and also thank Noela Lyonga Foundation for coming all the way from Buea.

Miss Lyonga Mwindo Noela gave a presentation on Healthy and Active lifestyle. She mentioned the project targets 500 plus youths between the ages of 12– 25 years. During her presentation, she gave us the benefits and how to live a healthy life style, she asked us to avoid sugary drinks and to do sports according to our age group. Her presentation was so interesting and interactive; series of questions were asked and was also answered by the speaker.

She concluded by sending huge thanks to all volunteers, participants , sponsors who stood with the Noela Lyonga Foundation to make the beginning a success and those who are still to stand with us to help our community have better people. She ended by saying we hope to grow a healthy and active human hood for the benefit of our life and our communities at large.

The run kicked off immediately after the presentation, the participants/volunteers assembled in a line of two and the run began.

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On Saturday, 13th July 2019, participants arrived Clerk’s Quarters precisely Bongo Square at 7:00am for Youth Who Run the World.  We had as itinerary from Bongo Square to Capitol and back.

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We started with stretches and followed up with the presentation.

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Miss Lyonga aided by Maris Lucia started by talking about the Run the World initiative by Sir Dan Thompson in partnership with Cancer Research UK.  She then explained the full details about Youths Who Run the World and it’s journey so far which has been about covering a 2km run and doing a presentation on healthy and active lifestyle specifying that the project has been carried out in: Douala, Limbe, Kribi, and now Buea.

During the presentation, we had a lot of questions on how to live a healthy lifestyle some of which were answered by participants. This session was so interesting and the participants maintain some quietness.

The speaker explained 5 tips of an active lifestyle as proposed by Sir Dan Thompson as coined in the ‘’BEANS” which stands for be active, eat sensibly avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and smoking of any sort and Sleep well. Immediately after the presentation, we proceeded with the run and wrapped up with interviews and group photographs.

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Promoting a healthy and active lifestyle are our targets in this department. Our volunteers and partners have continuously encouraged others in Cameroon and around the World to learn and engage in living a healthy and active lifestyle.  We promote health education through street campaigns and other outreach programmes.

The increasing number of unhealthy people in our communities, has led to a call for concern which we are joining-in to change the narrative by encouraging people to do self-care activities, self-examination, regular hospital checks, exercises, nutritional watch …. Some of our most popular activities here include: Youths who run the World, Pink October breast cancer prevention awareness campaign among others. We believe humans can be healthier if they are aware of preventive methods to diseases which are less costly than the cure. Some of our favorite quotations so far in this sector are:  “a carrot a day takes cancer away”, “health is wealth”, “always live a healthy and active lifestyle”….

So far, we sincerely appreciate all our volunteers who have served in this department and those still serving and the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education through Mr. Bekono Daniel for their endless support. Also we always acknowledge our medical experts who have been inspirations to our communities volunteering to help us achieve our targets in this department like Prof. Enow Orock, the former Director of the Regional Hospital Buea, Dr. Albertine Eloundou, Oncologist in Douala, Dr. Dormin Ekane of HERO Cameroon, coach Celestine of Dream Body Fitness, Dtor Sea Initiative, Dan Thompson of Run the World, UK Cancer Research Trust, Project Pink Blue of Abuja Nigeria, Dr. Martin Mokake the current Director of the Buea Regional Hospital among others. We believe their collaboration so far has helped in creating more awareness about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle in our communities.

OUR VISION

We promote volunteerism and inspire people to develop themselves and their communities at large.

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OUR VISION

We promote volunteerism and inspire people to develop themselves and their communities at large.

CONTACT US

Email: info@noelalyongafoundation.com

Tel: + 237 671 244 818
+ 237 695 453 454

ABOUT US

 We promote volunteerism and inspire people to develop themselves and their communities at large.

CONTACT US

Email: info@noelalyongafoundation.com

Tel: + 237 671 244 818
+ 237 695 453 454

© 2019  Noela Lyonga Foundation

© 2019  Noela Lyonga Foundation

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