Rotary raises N50m to build care centre at LASU, others
The Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA has organised a N50 million fundraiser towards the construction of a Care Centre at the Lagos State University, Ojo, and other interventions in the health and education sectors of the country.
The fundraiser was held on the sidelines of the investiture of Rotarian Adeyemi Adesina as the 12th President of Rotary Club of Ikeja GRA (Rotary International District 9110) and induction of new members of the club at Marcellina’s Place, Ikeja, recently.
Speaking at the event, Adesina, who also is the Bobaselu of Our Land, a title conferred on him by HRM, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, the Oniru of Iru, said his administration would build on the achievements of the past in the various Areas of Focus of Rotary International through protecting communities from polio and malaria; delivering clean water in less accessible communities; providing free healthcare to underserved communities; and making impact to ensure that teachers and students keep learning in conducive environments.
He added: “The theme of the year is ‘Create Hope in the World’. What I expect to do is actually to have a positive impact on the world and this starts from our family, our environment and our offices before we get to the world at large.
“Right now, we are trying to partner with Lagos State University. We are trying to develop a ‘Care Centre’ that is going to house about 36 beds, and we are trying to have an intervention to equip their mental health facility. Those are the major projects we are looking at.”
“We have actually intervened in the area of maternal health. We have done a programme on preventing maternal mortality.
“We call our signature project ‘School in the Bag.’ It is an avenue whereby we reach out to schools to give students books and writing materials. Also, this year, we have got a call from some of the schools that have genuine needs. There’s a school we are considering remodeling and rehabilitating in Ilishan, Ogun State. WAEC has told them that if they don’t have a good hall, they would have to merge them with another school. We are trying to ensure that these students write their exams in their school. So, we are going to take up the rehabilitation and remodeling of their hall to ensure that they have a place to write their exams next year, by God’s grace.
“We are also working on the malaria project with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary has always had intervention towards access to good water, good healthcare and good education for the underprivileged. Our N50 million fund raising effort today is to prepare us adequately to fulfill our obligations based on the tasks we have set for ourselves.”
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