. Gives Free Eye Tests, Medications
By Michael-Jude Nwolisa
The LoveCare for The Needy Foundation in partnership with Sharing Life Issues with Ifeoma Mebe, has organised a 2-day interactive seminar and workshop as part of its annual events in reaching out to the poor, destitute, physically challenged and the needy.
The events which held at the Universal Basic Education Board Complex (ASUBEB), Awka, started with an interactive seminar/workshop on health and finance on Friday, June 15, and ended with a singing competition on Saturday, June 16.
The annual event which brought together participants from all walks of life, also recorded a massive turnout from different secondary schools across the state.
Speaking during the event, the founder of Lovecare for The Needy Foundation and anchor of Sharing Life Issues with Ifeoma Mebe, Prince Ojiakor Okechukwu Ifeoma Mebe, explained that the NGO was out to put smiles on the faces of people who passed through different kinds of difficult situations. Prince Ojiakor noted that the event of the day would see different professionals sharing their knowledge and experiences on different life issues to the benefit of all.
In his lecture on “How to Find the Path of Life”, the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Rev. Fr. Prof. Bonachristus Umeogu, explained that every human was left with a choice to either fulfil or betray their destiny. Prof. Umeogu described destiny as “the things that would happen in your life which demanded your efforts to come true, while fate referred to things that must happen in your life irrespective of your human inputs”.
Prof Umeogu noted that it was prayer and divine direction that would enable man discover his ultimate purpose on earth. He further stated that finding the true path of life meant allowing Jesus to reign in one’s life as Jesus was the way, the truth and the life.
For his part, a medical practitioner from the Department of Internal Medicine, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Dr. Valentine Chidiebere Ezeude, discussed the causes and symptoms of Diabetes and best preventive measures.
Dr. Ezeude decried the rising rate of Diabetes, even among the younger generation. He advised lifestyle changes as the best way to prevent Diabetes.
Delivering a lecture on “Why We Are Poor”, the MD/CEO of Charles Mcmok Nig. Ltd, Sir Charles Muoka, cited high interest rates, double taxation, economic mismanagement, lack of constant power supply and barrier to international trades as some of the reasons poverty bit hard on a great percentage of Nigerians. He further gave a ten step template for anyone desiring to create genuine wealth.
Other speakers like Dr. Val Onwukeme, Dr. Mrs. Ijeoma Muoka, Prof. Ikechukwu Okodo and Chukwubudike Ugbaja, joined their voices to make the event memorable by sharing their knowledge on different aspects of life.
Speaking to journalists after the event, the Head, Optometry, Anambra State Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs. Ijeoma Muoka, advised the public to take proper care of their eyes. She stressed the need to avoid quacks and advised the general public to always visit well certified eye clinics for any eye related issue. She further promised that the state government, through the Ministry of Health would fashion out ways to embark on a massive eye health awareness programme to educate the public on the best eye care practices.
Some participants in the event expressed their gratitude to the organisers while asking GOD to bless and reward them.
In an exclusive chat with Fides, the organiser of the event, Prince Ojiakor Ifeoma Mebe, said he was motivated to start the NGO due to his desire to see smiles on the faces of people. He added that the urge to help people in need was born in him during his university days and fully blossomed when he began to anchor the programme, “Sharing Life Issues with Ifeoma Mebe” on Anambra Broadcasting Service.
Speaking on the challenges he faced, Ifeoma Mebe cited funding and spiritual attacks. He explained that funding their charitable projects was really difficult, but expressed the hope that by the testimonies coming from those they had touched, many philanthropists and governments would begin to support them with funding.
Other highlights of the event were drama dance by Dame Irene Memorial College, Oraifite; free eye tests and medications to participants and singing competition by different choirs across the state.