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A deaf and dumb girl was among several others who went home with household gifts at the 2013 Mike Susan Foundation Christmas outreach in Amawbia, Awka north local council area of Anambra State.
The foundation had been organising a yearly medical and food outreach to the villagers as part of its philanthropic gesture, with this year’s edition held at the St Mathew Catholic Church in the town.
The teenager, Nkeiruka Araonu was among several hundreds of villagers who benefitted from the philanthropic gesture of the foundation.
> In a lucky deep, her ticket number 187 was picked by the parish priest for the first prize of electric generating set. An overwhelmed mother of the dumb girl, Mrs Ebele Araonu thanked God and the foundation for bringing succor her way.
“I thank God for helping my daughter to emerge first winner at this event; you can see what God can do. I also thank the organisers, Mike Susan Foundation for this annual gesture. God will continue to sustain the family for showing this town kindness”.
Touched by the condition of the girl, the Director-General of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) Dr Joseph Odumodu made enquiries about the girl’s level of education, promising to see what the foundation could do to be of assistance.
The second prize winner, Mrs. Christiana Nwokocha got a Samsung refrigerator with her ticket number 443, while the third prize of 21inches colour television set was won by Mrs. Florence Nwokoye with ticket number 413.
> Two other women, Mrs. Amaka Okonkwo and Mrs Eunice Orakwe won rechargeable lanterns with their ticket numbers 289 and 029 respectively.
These were in addition to free medical screening for blood pressure levels and hypertension, free drugs, bags of rice and groundnut oil given to the women as part of the foundation’s gesture towards assisting them to celebrate the Christmas and New Year.
Earlier, Mr Chike Odumodu, speaking on behalf of the Odumodu's family said the gesture was inspired by their parents – Mike and Susan – after whom the foundation was named, to assist the less privileged, especially widows and other underprivileged in the society.
He said they lived a philosophy of extending the milk of human kindness to others in the society, promising that the children had revolved to sustain the ideal.
“What we are doing today emanated from their thoughts, their convictions that people, no matter how highly or lowly placed should not live for themselves alone. Through this foundation, they are saying to us, to be one another’s keeper in own small way.
Further thanking their parents for teaching their children to give, he added: “They believe and made us their children to understand that one does not have to own the entire town to be able to give. And that life becomes more meaningful when we are able to extend our goodness and hands of fellowship to other. So, for us their children, hosting people like we are doing today under the humanitarian umbrella is fulfilling a cherished dream. In making available an opportunity for people to know their health statuses, in whatever way we can, is a privilege and we do not take it for granted”.
The Chairman of the foundation, Dr Ifeanyi Okoye, said there was need indeed for non-state actors to help towards ensuring adequate healthcare and welfare of people since government alone cannot do it all.
He added: “our engagement is as well to motivate and encourage other non-governmental bodies to equally show concern and get deeply involved in addressing the human condition”.