Foundation visits SCIAN Centre at Easter
Seeks Public Support For Less Privileged
To mark this year’s Easter, True Care Foundation (TCF) an NGO, visited the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN) Centre, Beth Torrey Home and an hospital all at Amuwo Odofin Local Council in Lagos, as part of their activities to help the less privileged in the society.
Led by their President, Navy Commander John Okwegwa (rtd), they supported the centre with cartons of noodles, bags of rice, toiletries and money among other things.
One of the inmates at the centre, who is in dire need of artificial limbs, Mrs Alice Bassey, thanked TCF for coming to her rescue. She also called on other well- meaning Nigerians to help her raise the sum of N 750,000 she needs to do the surgery for the artificial limbs, as she needs to do the surgery to be able to walk.
“I am really in need. As soon as I get the money, I have to go for the operation at Igbobi. I used to fall down,” she said.
The Administrative Secretary of the SCIAN Centre, Mr Obioha Ononogbu, also thanked TCF for coming to their rescue.
“This place serves as a place to rehabilitate those people with spinal cord injuries after they have left the hospitals. The whole idea is to make us to be in a position to be self- reliant after the trauma of spinal cord injuries.”
Ononogbu disclosed that they are mostly people who have spinal cord injuries after their involvement in one accident or the other. He said that apart from financial assistance, the people at the centre also need the equipment, accommodation and job to make them to be self-reliant.
“This place is a half-way home. Over the years the place has opened doors to a lot of disabled persons who have won medals for the country in international games. We thank you for remembering us inspite of the hard times,” he said.
The matron at the Beth Torrey Home, Mrs Veronica Obi, also thanked the TCF for once again remembering the less privileged.
She disclosed that the place was founded in 1965 by Beth Torrey, an American who came to Nigeria in 1961.
“The students are intellectually challenged. The 22 children have been surviving through charity.”
The President of TCF, Mr John Okwegwa, said that the NGO is Nigeria-based. “We do this to support the less privileged at random during Easter and Xmas periods. We were operating as a social club before. We changed to True Care Foundation in 2014. We are set up to render assistance to the less privileged in the society.”
He added that they also act as a pressure group to fight against oppression of widows and the less privileged.
“Today we went to an hospital to pay the bills of three patients. One of them has no husband but she gave birth. The baby survived but the woman developed complications and died. The hospital is now in charge of the baby.”
“We also want to seize the opportunity to appeal to individuals and corporate organisations to join hands with us in realising our goals,” he added.
Here’s the details of Miss Etuk for public- spirited individuals who wish to assist her: Account details:
Miss Alice Bassey Etuk, Diamond Bank, 0020025552.
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