Rotary seeks more commitment to the poor

How can the lot of the impoverished humanity be redeemed? It is by the majority to come out and assist the less privileged, says the District Governor of Rotary International District 9110, Mr. Patrick Ikheloa.

Giving the charge during his maiden media tour to the Mushin Headquarters of Vintage Press Limited, the publishers of The Nation Newspaper, Ikheloa said Rotary International has been busy improving the lot of humanity since government cannot do it alone.

He listed areas where the club has continued to champion change to include water and sanitation, security, literacy and education, maternal and child mortality, vocational training and Polio eradication.

Ikheloa, whose jurisdiction covers 97 Rotary Clubs scattered between Lagos and Ogun States said the club under his watch had during this current year donated incubators to general hospitals, constructed blocks of classrooms to public schools, presented school bags to no fewer than 2,000 school children, and donated boreholes to several communities in its catchment area.

“Few months ago, in one of our milestone projects, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi had joined in the presentation to mosquito nets to the indigent people of Ile-Ife, in a project we jointly held with our sister District,” he said.


Debunking insinuations that the club is elitist, Ikheloa said Rotary Club is for the masses and prides in giving back to the society.

However he said the club could do more with more Nigerians who have the passion to assist their fellow men. He said though both states under his jurisdiction have no fewer than 27 million people, yet, Rotarians midwifing the change is less than 2,000. He called for more members to enable the club do more for the communities.

According to him, becoming a Rotary member gives you that opportunity to reach out to the less privileged and put smiles on their faces.

Rotary is not a club for the rich, rather, it is for everybody with a mind of service to assist others.

He said the club is committed to assisting and making life better for others, while also helping the community.

“We want the world to see what we have done. We train youths and adults in various communities and we empower them. We have donated several things to various communities and we will do more.”

“We need more hands to joins us to do more. In this Rotary year, we want to make a difference in our world but we need more members and partners. If you join the club, it is easy for you to share with the cub what your community needs and we will be able to provide it as a club,” he said.

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