DMF facilitated the formal recognition of Special Olympics Democratic Republic of Congo as a Founding Committee. The formal announcement was made last week which means that the DRC will be officially represented at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. On a separate note, Dikembe went to Tokyo in October for the TOYOTA and Special Olympics Global Partnership Announcement at the Unified Basketball Games. Dikembe serves on the board for Special Olympics International and he was joined in Tokyo by Toyota’s CEO, Mr. Akio Toyoda and Special Olympics International Chairman, Dr. Tim Shriver.
Several months ago, DMF invited Professor Therese Kirongozi and her husband Sebastien from Kinshasa to attend the WorldSafe Summit and Gala that took place here in Atlanta in October. The three-day event focused on emerging health and safety issues, focusing on activating business and non-profit groups to advance new solutions that can save lives. The event was hosted by the Safe America Foundation and held at WSB-TV in mid-town. If you have ever been to Kinshasa then you’ve seen Professor Kirongozi’s work because she is the creator of the Traffic Robot which are solar-powered ‘robocops’ that control Kinshasa’s busy streets. Professor Kirongozi’s Women’s Technology Collective designs and manufactures the robots. Dikembe introduced her to the WorldSafe Summit audience and a film about her Traffic Robots was presented at the event. Professor Kirongozi was given the WorldSafe award and invited back to Atlanta next April.
On September 19th, Dikembe spoke at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit in NYC and then he traveled to Hong Kong to speak at the Forbes Global CEO Conference. In October Dikembe and Rose traveled to Rome where Dikembe was invited by Religions for Peace to speak at a session on Advancing Sustainable Development. Religions for Peace is the world’s largest and most representative multi-religious coalition working to stop war, help eliminate extreme poverty and protect the earth. The global RfP network includes a World Council of senior-most religious leaders, 5 regional councils (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and Middle East-North Africa,) and more than 90 national councils.
DMF participated again at Hosea Helps for Thanksgiving
DMF participated again at Hosea Helps for Thanksgiving by purchasing 100 turkeys for the nation’s largest sit-down dinner for the homeless and hungry. Hosea Helps serves thousands of people every year on Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Easter. Dikembe and his family volunteer their time with the cooking and the distribution of meals at Thanksgiving.
Dikembe at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital
DMF purchased Christmas toys for the sick children at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital here in Atlanta. This is an annual event where Dikembe (wearing a Santa hat) personally distributes the toys to the sick children.