From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
Rotary International has continued to exhibit its humanitarian services in the society, just as it embarks on distribution of free mobility devices to persons with disability.
Rotary Club of Port Harcourt North in partnership with District 9141 through a donor, Crutches 4 Africa donated mobility devices, including; Wheelchairs, canes, walking sticks, crutches among others to persons with disability in Port Harcourt and its environs.
Giving out the devices to vulnerable persons with disability in streets of at the club in Port Harcourt, President of the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt, Barr Blessing Michael, noted that the project is part of the club’s area of focus known as “Community and Economic development.”
She disclosed that her chapter of the club distributed over 50 mobility devices to persons with disability.
Speaking with The AUTHORITY, the chapter club President, said “Today, we are carrying out a mobility devices project that is what we tagged it. This project was engineered by the Crutches 4 Africa in partnership with District 9141.
“Crutches 4 Africa made it possible for us to receive crutches and other walkers from the state for this project. They partnered with District 9141 who in turn partnered with the indivual Rotary clubs to ensure that these devices are distributed all over the District.
“Our club, the Rotary Club of Port Harcourt North is having her own fair share and we have decided to do the same. For that cause, we had to put out publications to the public through whatsApp groups, we went to Homes, we went to clinics where persons who are in need of mobility devices are normally seen, like the orthopaedic clinic, we asked them to come to the club to ensure we are giving to the right persons.
“Some of them came to the club we donated these devices to them. We gave some individuals on the streets and at work places, just to ensure that we improve the mobility of persons because Rotary believes that if mobility is improved, individuals can fern for themselves.
“So Rotary International through the Crutches 4 Africa in partne4rship with District 9141 and in partnership with Rotary Club Port Harcourt North has brought this closer to the people and this project is tagged under our area of focus known as ‘Community and Economic development’.
“For my club, we will be giving about 5 wheelchairs, 30 clutches, 10 walkers and other mobility devices. We have a total of about 50 items to give.”
She added that “for the distribution of the items, we went to some Homes, orthopaedic clinic, we invited individuals to the club and also some persons we met on the street.”