By Job Osazuwa
Rotary Club of Satellite Town recently doled out gifts to residents of Igbese Village, in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State. Igbese is a riverside community in the Amuwo Odofin area.
Songs of joy filled the air as the club distributed drugs, clothes, food items and provisions to the less-privileged in the area.
President of the club, Obikah Chito, said the gesture would help fight diseases and enhance hygiene in the community. He noted that it would equally save mothers and children from hunger and support children’s education.
The district governor of the club, Adewale Ogunbadejo, who visited Satellite Rotary, took time to scrutinise the club’s records. In the end, he commended the members for keeping the flag flying. He also charged them to continue to display integrity and transparency in their activities.
He reminded the members that Rotary was not a social club but a service-driven group, which did not expect any reward from anybody. He urged the members to endeavour to maintain the club’s mission and vision in order to reach out to more poor people in the society.
One of the new members, Ebisi Kennedy, having met all set requirements, was inducted into the club. He promised to abide by the rules and regulations of Rotary operations and to be a good ambassador.
A recipient of the gifts, Mrs. Uche Okoro, who spoke to Daily Sun, expressed gratitude to the club. She said Rotary has remembered the people of her community at a time when everyone else has forgotten them. She added that the gifts showered on them would go a long way in ameliorating their sufferings.
The service project chairman, Imoh Gabriel Usoro, said Rotary prided itself in selfless donations to the downtrodden.
When asked how the club raised funds to execute different projects, he said that it was through wilful donations from members without expecting any financial rewards. He added that members also solicited funds from kind-hearted Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion and ethnic group. The club promoted service before self in all its projects and activities. Usoro informed the gathering that many students were benefiting from the club’s education scholarship, specially designed for the less-privilege in the area.
Onyewuchi Marythecia of Archangels’ College and Omani Kweneojor Favour of Navy Town Senior Secondary School were among those enjoying scholarship, courtesy of Rotary Club of Satellite Town.