By Abuchi Onwumelu
Anambra Sports Club last Saturday distributed food items and cash gift to the downtrodden, needy, and less-privileged in society as part of its contribution towards ameliorating their plights as well as cushioning the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on them.
The event which started with an opening prayer had majority of the club members and over two hundred beneficiaries in attendance.
Declaring the event open, the Coordinator of Anambra Sports Club, Amb. Obi Onyekuba (Isichie) expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life and also for bringing the club members and beneficiaries together to the venue without much hassles, saying that the club thought it wise to reach out to those in need at this period of Coronavirus outbreak which, he said was ravaging the world at the moment.
Amb. Onyekuba who was represented at the occasion by Chief Charles Ekwunife (Ezenwa) emphasized that they were not unaware of the sufferings of the less-privileged, hence the club’s decision to support the vulnerable and destitute in society, even as he announced that the gesture would serve as the first phase, adding that the club was ready to do more if the COVID-19 saga persisted.
He enjoined the beneficiaries and all those present to endeavour to adhere and observed the standard guidelines set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Federal and State governments, saying that the club suspended its activities as a result of the pandemic.
Onyekuba thanked all the club members for their benevolence and also appreciated the committee members for their organizational skills, time, energy, commitment towards ensuring that the event was a huge success.
Reeling out the names of the beneficiaries for collection of the food items, the secretary of the club and a member of the committee, Chief Eric Kenny Mmaduagwu, KSJI said that the beneficiaries were drawn using the members of the club, stating that the members were asked to produce two indigent persons of their choice.
Earlier, a member of the committee, Chief Stephen Dike (Mayor) said the club decided to identify with the poorest of the poor in society, ensuring that all those present, especially the beneficiaries maintained social distance and also ensured that they all wore the face masks provided by the club.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries on behalf of the club and the committee, Chief Samuel Nwobu (Mmonwu) expressed satisfaction with the comportment of the beneficiaries, urging them to also share with their poor neighbours, adding that the philanthropic gesture was a collective efforts of all the members of Anambra Sports Club.
In the separate speeches, Mallam Mohammed Misa, a native of Adamawa State; Nancy Onyebuchi, a Newspaper vendor and a native of Nkwelle village Awka; Mrs Nkemdilim Okafor from Amachala village Awka; Mrs Nwonu Nnonyelu from Amudo village Awka commended the club members for their kind disposition. According to them, they were overwhelmed with joy, praying God to protect and sustain every member of the club.
The club during the distribution of the food items empowered its two coaches, physiotherapist, gardener with cash gift and food items.
The two coaches, Chuks Vincent Ndigwe and Emmanuel Azubuike received the sum of twenty thousand each as well as bags of rice, beans, face masks and tubers of yam while the physiotherapist, Miss Abigail received the sum of ten thousand naira and food items.
Names of Anambra Sports Club’s Stimulus Package Committee are as follows: Charles Nweke (Nwaka), Samuel Nwobu (Mmowu), Sylvester Ezeokenwa (Sly), Stephen Dike (Mayor), Chief Charles Ekwunife (Bama Ezenwa), Uche Collins Okoye (Chinemeze), Eric Kenny Mmaduagwu, KSJI, Nnamso (Ikolo Ebenebe), Mazi Johnbosco Anaracha, among others.
Items shared by Anambra Sports Club included, face masks, bags of rice, beans tubers of yam, and cash gift.
Distribution of food items to the beneficiaries, photograph with the member of Board of Trustees of the club, Ozo Amb. Emeka Jude Agummadu (Baby Awka) formed the highpoints of the occasion.