By Olayinka Latona
Rotary Club of Lagos-Palmgrove Estate, Lagos has donated dozens of free artificial limbs to physically-challenged persons to aid their mobility and also improve their lives.
The donation, according to the club, is a continuous exercise and it will serve as a measure to discourage beneficiaries from being despondent or becoming beggars on the street.
District Secretary, Rotarian Segun Adewakun, representing the District Governor, Rotary International District 9110 Nigeria, Dr. Adewale Ogunbadejo: “Rotary is always in the forefront of giving back to humanity, especially when it comes to health and environment.”
He appealed to the public and government to always encourage physically-challenged persons by offering them employment and empowering them economically. Adewakun lamented that many physically-challenged persons had been abandoned by their partners or relatives, stressing that giving them opportunities to fend for themselves would give them another chance to live meaningful lives.
The President of the club, Mr. Atul Kshetry, disclosed that the club had been in the vanguard of empowering the physically challenged for the past 27 years and that 25 free artificial limbs were giving out to various beneficiaries on monthly basis:. “We give close to 400 free artificial limbs yearly and the beneficiaries travel from all the parts of the country to have access to this artificial limbs because the cost implication is on the high side and most of them cannot afford to buy one”.
Mr. Igwe Onyemaechi, a beneficiary of the programme who travelled from Enugu State, said: “I appreciate the Rotary Club gesture. God has used the Rotary Club of Lagos-Palm Grove to do what no man can do for me for free. I am amazed and I pray that God will continue to bless them”, he said.