Rotary Club donates 50 wheelchairs in Enugu


No fewer than 50 wheelchairs have been donated to physically

challenged persons by the Rotary International District 9142.

Making the donation on Wednesday in Enugu, the Rotary International

President, Dr Barry Rassin, said that the wheelchairs would go a long

to alleviate the sufferings of the physically challenged.

Rassin noted that it would also improve their economic drive to fend

for themselves and their families.

“Rotary as a lead humanitarian organization pride itself in the

services we render to humanity worldwide.

“We are doing a lot of humanitarian work, which cut-across various

strata of the society i.e. education, health, empowerment, training

etc, in order to make the world a better place for all to live.

“These wheelchairs are just one aspect of our service meant to

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promote the welfare and good of humanity especially our disabled

brothers and sisters in this side of the world,’’ he said.

Rassin, however, commanded Rotary International District 9142 (in

South-East/South-South, Nigeria) for donating $2,000 dollars for

education worldwide.

“Your donation towards education will help Rotary to address some

challenges facing education especially within Africa and third world

countries.

“It will definitely check school drop-outs, dilapidated structures

and lack of teachers in most local communities worldwide,’’ he said.

The President noted that the organization was working hard with its

local and global partners in Nigeria to see that wild polio virus

would be totally kicked out of Nigeria.

“I must commend our district and local chapters for their efforts and

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financial contributions to see that Nigeria is certified wild polio

free within the next few months. I can assure you that Rotary

International is committed to that.

Addressing Rotary members, the president advised them to imbibe the

four core values of the organization, which focuses on service and

integrity, adding; “We are the only organistaion in the world that

has integrity as a core value’’.

He, however, charged the organization members to strive to increase

the number of its members through clear-cut membership drive and

positive humanitarian services in their neighbours and communities.

Earlier, the Governor of Rotary International District 9142, Dr Dan

Ajawara, said that he was overwhelmed with joy as it was the first

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time Rotary International President is visiting the district and

interacting with members one-on-one.

“It is history moment that comes a long while in one’s life time.

Today we have our International President and his amiable wife, Esther

Rassin, visiting the district.

“This visit had afforded various stakeholders be it government,

donors, local and international partners of Rotary to meet and

interact with the International President one-on-one,’’ Ajawara said.

One of the beneficiaries of the wheelchairs, Miss Ebere Ebo, thanked

Rotary for the gesture and assured that she would jealously protect

the wheelchair given free-of-charge to her.

Highlights of the event were the induction of 100 new members by the

International President, donation of gift items to the international

president and lots of group photographs with various segments of the

District.

Rotary International District 9142 covers seven states, which includes

Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo as well as Cross River and Akwa Ibom

States.