A social group, Royal Galaxy Club, on Friday donated food items, electronic gadgets and other household materials worth about N5m to children and patients of the SOS Children’s Village, Owu Ijebu and Ijebu Igbo General Hospital, Ogun State respectively.
The items were ceiling fans, water dispensers, mattresses, bags of rice, bed-sheets, wall clocks, mosquito nets, refrigerators, televisions, noodles and other food items.
The 20-member club, which includes a former lawmaker, who represented Ijebu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Wale Ogunbanjo, handed over the materials to the authorities of the children’s village and the hospital as part of the activities marking its 25th anniversary.
The Chairman of the club, Olasubomi Odunsi, said the choice of the two public institutions was informed by the need to come to the aid of the less privileged who were in dire need of support.
Odunsi added that the gesture was part of the fulfillment of the club’s desire to give back to the society.
Receiving the donations, the Director, SOS Children’s Village, Mr. Anthony Inusa-Ahmed, expressed delight and commended the members of the club for their gesture.
Ahmed stressed that the donation would go a long way in encouraging both the children and the management of the village that there was still hope for the centre despite its numerous challenges.
The village, Ahmed said, had over a hundred children and 58 other persons which make it the centre with the highest population amongst the three others located in Isolo, Lagos, Gwagwalada in Abuja and Jos, Plateau State.
He said, “When I assumed office here a year ago, I had thought this village would close down because what I met on ground was not encouraging.
“On the other hand, I felt it was a challenge for me to reach out to people to come to our aid. But since then, a lot of individuals and organisations have been coming here to assist us both financially and materially.”
Also, a Consultant with the Ijebu Igbo General Hospital, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Hospitals Management Board, Dr. Olugbenga Oyefeso, implored other organisations in Ijebu land to emulate the Royal Galaxy Klub.
Oyefeso said it was impossible for the government alone to provide all the needs of such institutions because of the limited resources as its disposal.