By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
The Ambassadors of Caring and Helpline Foundation (CHLF), a.k.a. Careless Whispers, have embarked on a community outreach, empowerment and intervention programme for the needy who are already lined up in their helpline.
Fides reports that the event which held at Jericho Villa Hotel and Suites Nteje, Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, featured the reunion of Careless Whispers Ambassadors, as well as New Year and St. Valentine’s Day parties for devotees of the humanitarian service outfit.
In his remarks, the organiser of the event, as well as founder and presenter of Careless Whispers, Prince Emeka Kalu, popularly known by his radio fans as Magic fingers, explained that no religion was greater than humanitarian services.
Prince Kalu, who is also the National Vice President and leader of the Radio, Television, Theatre and Arts Workers Union of Nigeria, RATTAWU, South East Zone, said beneficiaries of the ABS Radio Programme, Careless Whispers, cut across class, tribe, religious and linguistic diversities, and had over a decade continued to serve as a bridge between the needy and affluent citizens willing and ready to give succour to people.
For his part, the RATTAWU Deputy National President, Comrade Innocent Ofuonyeadi, who said he listened to and supported Careless Whispers from Ibuzo in Delta State, commended ABS for the programme which he described as a novelty on radio, even as he also commended what he called the calmness of the presenter in listening to the needy.
He called on the Social Welfare Department of government and all privileged Nigerians to continue looking out for and helping the needy.
The pioneer donor and member Board of Trustees of Careless Whispers, Chief Jerry Nwakobi, called on people, especially the wealthy, to renew efforts at touching lives in more positive ways, adding that given limited time that man had on earth, it was incumbent on all to invest in humanity; as, according to him, the joy of giving was immeasurable.
Chief Nwakobi, a community leader in Nteje, who also called on Ndi-Anambra to rally round the incoming administration of Prof Chukwuma Soludo for what he termed exceptional leadership in the state, said before the end of his first tenure, Ndi-Anambra would be yearning for continuation, even as he commended his choice of elevating locally made products through patronage.
Some beneficiaries who later became Ambassadors of Careless Whispers, including Mr. Christian Onyekaba from Owelle-Ezukala, whose hospital bill was paid through the group, and Emeka Chukwunekwu from Igbakwu, who said he met his wife among the Ambassadors, thanked God and all being used to touch lives in various ways.