…Awards Scholarship to 6 Students
By Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Chinedu Okeke Foundation, a non – governmental organization founded by an illustrious son of Ezira community in Orumba South Local Government Area on Thursday gave out free medical services to Ezira community, his home town, as part of his humanitarian services to the poor and needy.
The foundation which held similar programme to the same community penultimate year stormed the community with its team of medical experts to attend to the health needs of the people who came with different ailments ranging from eye problems, tooth ache, body pains, waist pain, stomach problems and other health challenges prevalent in the society.
In the 2- days programme, the foundation further gave out educational items such as books, school bags to over 200 school children of the community showing its support and love for education as well as Scholarship to six students who emerged as the luckiest candidates in a raffle draw that took place at the Ubaha Ezira town hall.
Describing the idea behind the programme, Mr. Chinedu Okeke said that his desire is to make people healthy and happy as the two works hand in hand. He averred that securing human health is top of his agenda because health is wealth “when the people are healthy they are happy”. He stressed that one of the major aim of the foundation is to reach out to the needy and downtrodden in the society especially people in rural communities that are struggling with difficulties of life.
Mr. Chinedu Okeke who is also the Director Bakaida Specialist Trado- Hospital (BSTH) Aba, said that the foundation is an umbrella under which his humanitarian activities are carried out adding that its activities is not merely restricted to free medical treatments but also educational support to students through award of scholarships and provision of educational materials to encourage young youths academically.
” Chinedu Okeke Foundation is just a channel through which we want to help the people through our humanitarian services. The programme today is one of the many activities we have carried out to help people in areas governments could not. Today the foundation gave out free medical tests as well as treatment to the people. We equally gave out educational materials to over 200 students from the community including six that benefited from our scholarship scheme.
” We aim to offer to orphans and the people who could not go to school as a result of financial challenges the opportunities to do so while the foundation also offers huge opportunities for skills acquisition in different areas of likes to people so that they will be confident in themselves.
” I believe that every gift man has is for services and these services most times are paid for but we found out that it is not everybody that can afford such money. So many people are sick but are afraid to visit the hospital because of charges. When we visited few communities we discovered that some people don’t even have access to hospital due to fear of bill. Because of these, I and my medical experts decided to take the bull by the horn to offer help in a way to help humanity and make life easier for the rural dwellers.
” The services are not restricted to my community alone but we believe that charity begins at home. We aimed to start from our root and Ezira is my root. So, this service as we hope will spread to other communities in the state and beyond.”
Appreciating his philanthropic gesture, one of the beneficiaries Mrs. Matilda Okeke said that it is the first time an indigene of the town has shown such generosity and love to his people. She however prayed for a continued presence of the programme so that the less privileged and poor rural dwellers can benefit from his blessings.
Another beneficiary, Mr. John Onyeneke from Amokolo village said that he benefited from the selfless medical service from Chinedu Okeke foundation. Mr. Ilo who disclosed that he was treated on the serious dislocation he sustained when he fell from a building in the cause of his work said that the treatments was all he needed to get back to life but money was elusive adding that such provisions is necessary in rural areas where the dwellers lack the money to get good medical attention.
On his own, Chief Kenneth Okoli was full of praise for the foundation who God has used to solve the people’s problems. He said that the Chinedu Okeke’s intervention is timely as he has benefitted from the foundation on two separate occasions. He also said that most of the beneficiaries are aged hence could not walk to the health centers for medical treatments but the foundation has made life better for the people of the community