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Donate to the cause of humanity—NGO appeals to Nigerians

Donate to the cause of humanity—NGO appeals to Nigerians

By Yunus Yusuf

 

A Non Governmental Organisation(NGO), Lions International has appealed to members and Nigerians as a whole to donate to the cause of humanity, aimed at helping the less privileged.

The 404B4 District Governor, Mr Samson Abodunrin, made the appeal during the Charter presentation, induction and fund raising of the Club held in Lagos.

He appealed to everyone present including friends of the Club to help save the less privileged, adding that no amount was too small for the cause.

“Donate to the cause of humanity. Any money donated is for the underprivileged individuals in the society.

“This morning you have had your breakfast, and probably lunch, while dinner is already waiting. But the question is, what about the children that haven’t eaten, and those in the hospital, and those that are homeless?…

“We have children that go to school, and have no shoes or books.

“We don’t have millions or billions, but what we have is a golden heart to help the less privileged.”

“I am challenging all our Lions and friends of lions to support us to help the needy,” he said.

DG Abodunrin who said no amount was too big or small, added that the Club took up the challenge to eradicate blindness all over the globe.

“We are the only serving Organisation that assisted the United nation to draft the charter of the NGO.

“We have been building international peace and understanding around the world.

“We have contributed immensely to this country, if you go to hospitals we have several projects built and sprawled across the nation’s hospitals.

“We have the cancer center at the Ebute Metta Medical Centre, we also have some facilities across hospitals in Lagos, and also sponsored children on scholarships,” he said…

Abodunrin who said that the club existed in over 200 countries, challenged their members to help the needy.

“We have been serving for the past 107 years and still counting, today we are in over 200 countries and that is why we are proud that we are the largest service Club in the world.

“All the countries of the world have set a date aside to celebrate us every year because we are a partner to the United nation,” he said.

The Chairman of the day, Dr Babatunde Ipaye, a former Commissioner of Health, Ogun State, during his speech said he had benefited immensely from the club.

He said he was a beneficiary of their gesture when he was young.

“My school fees in 1986 was N286 and my parents couldn’t pay it. I was given a scholarship of N1,000 by this club then and I want to thank you for the great work you are doing.

I want to say that your N1,000, N500 and so on went a long way,” he said.
That being said, he was inducted into the Club by the District Governor.

The highlight of the event was the induction of 14 new members into the club.

There was also the induction of executive members into the club including the Charter President, Mrs Clare Okoro.

Okoro while speaking , said she was happy to become the Charter President of Lagos Aviators Lions Club, adding that she will do everything in her power to uphold the obligations and objectives of the Club.

The organisation has donated N2.5 million to the Pediatric Cancer Department at Ebute-Metta Federal Medical Centre.

It has built facility with more than 40 rooms, ensuite, with modern beds and facilities to help treat children with
cancer.

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