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
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
“Your donation towards education will help Rotary to address some
challenges facing education especially within Africa and third world
“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
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
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
Rotary International District 9142 covers seven states, which includes
Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo as well as Cross River and Akwa Ibom