RICS Charities, the social wing of RICS Consult, a PR and sports consulting firm, is championing the institution of an annual peace cup in Tamale to be known as the Annual Gulkpe-Naa Football Peace Cup.
The competition would seek to engage residents of the various communities in healthy competitive football games to foster harmonious relationships among the people of Tamale and contribute to securing sustainable peace and development in the Northern Region.
In an initial attempt towards ensuring that this annual competition is instituted, RICS Charities presented 10 mitre-branded footballs and a giant trophy to the Gulkpe-Naa.
The event, which took place at the Tamale Senior High School (TAMASCO), also involved the presentation of about 40 mitre-branded footballs, boots, trainers, jerseys and bags to some talented young sports men and women in Tamale.
Some non-governmental organisations and orphanages in the region also received some of the items so as to enable them promote sports as part of their activities.
They include Youth Alive, Yaro, Tiyumba, Anfaani Children's Home and Nyohini Children's Home, Real Tamale United, the premiership side of the region, was also a recipient of the balls.
The Chairman of the Board of Trustees of RICS Charities, Mr. Magnus Rex Danquah explained that his outfit was committed to using sports to promote peace, since the absence of peace, made it difficult for sports to flourish. He urged the people of the north to focus on activities that had the propensity to unite them and shun those that disintegrated the society.
Mr. Danquah challenged young persons in the Northern Region to aspire to high laurels, especially in the field of sports. “Through sports, you would be able to expose yourselves to the various opportunities in the world, and also maintain a healthy and intelligent body and brain,” he emphasised.
The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Stephen Sumani Nayina, who received the items on behalf of the Gulkpe-Naa, expressed hope that the Peace Cup would be instituted and sustained to achieve its goal.
He challenged the youth to focus on their studies and also dedicate some of their time to learning various sports so as to live holistic and beneficial lives.