Posted by Elizabeth Edozie on Nov 13, 2019
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 was a charity activity-filled day for members of Rotary Club of Ikate, District 9110 which are currently being led by the United President, Ekomobong Ebong as the club made donations to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and polio survivors.
A fully equipped play corner which was newly established by the club in the hospital’s children ward was commissioned by the District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu.
That is what Rotary does. We believe that there are so many people in the community that cannot afford your services; that is where Rotary comes in”, the DG Akeredolu.
The club leveraged on the official visit of the District Governor to the club to execute the projects which commenced with a courtesy visit to the office of the Chief Medical Officer, LUTH, Professor Chris Bode.
Speaking in the CMD’s office, DG Akeredolu noted that the club will be commissioning a project in the hospital that day which is one of the many projects they have planned for the Rotary year, “That is what Rotary does. We believe that there are so many people in the community that cannot afford your services; that is where Rotary comes in”, the DG said.
Speaking further, he said, “The net that the government has provided has many holes and many people have fallen in so people have to mend that net; that is what we do in Rotary. If there are areas you need support, Rotary Club of Ikate is close to you, they will take up projects that they are capable of and if there are projects that they are not capable of doing, the district will come in to support.”
The LUTH CMD who congratulated members of the club for the good works they are doing said, “There is nothing more commendable than humanitarian services. I must commend you for what you are doing and whatever you can do, nothing is too small. We will look for credible programmes that we can ask you to partner with us and if you can’t, you will point to us where we can.”
The Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC), LUTH, Professor Lanre Adeyemo, during the play corner commissioning, thanked the club on behalf of the CMD saying, “The belief people have is that this is a federal government hospital which is right, that we are fully funded which is wrong, that we don’t have challenges which is also wrong, meaning we need support from people like you.”
Professor Adeyemo however assured members of the club that the hospital will make very good use of all that have been given to the hospital by the club.
The DG also promised to add to what the club has done, stating that a list of the remaining needs in the hospital should be given to the club president who will extend it to him.
That was not the end of the club’s charity activities for the day as the club also gave new wheelchairs to two polio survivor namely; Kester Benjamin from Delta state and Daniel Light, also from Delta state. The wheelchairs were presented to them at the National Stadium in Surulere, Lagos state.
Two new Rotarians were inducted into the club by the DG.