A member of Lions Club District 404A2 in Calabar municipality of Cross River State, Lion Charles Itu, has donated food and other items like rice, tomatoes, groundnut oil, liquid washing soap, sachets of maggi cubes, hand sanitizers, amongst others to aged women and physically challenged persons in Akim community of the metropolis.
Making the donation in Calabar on Easter Monday, Lion Itu said the items, believed to be worth millions of naira, would help in cushioning the effect of coronavirus pandemic especially with the lockdown across the nation biting hard.
According to him, Lions Club District 404A2 has a target of alleviating the suffering of about 500 vulnerable households, but he was targeting improvement of the lives of the aged and the physically challenged from 100 to 200 families.
He said the aged and physically challenged may not have ability of fending for themselves or anyone to cater for them at the moment unlike other young people who could still feed from what they stockpiled in their homes from their previous hustles,
“Our target is 300 families. By the time we round off, we would have touched the lives of between 900 to 1000 individuals.
“This initiative is not for political gains nor for beneficiaries of the items to commend us but it is our little contribution towards the fight against COVID 19,which had inflicted pain upon man.
“Because of the closure of our borders/ strict regulations by authority concerned, there is a disruption in the supply chain. People’s routine have been disrupted, a situation that has inflicted hunger, starvation and increased poverty, ” he stated.
The Club’s immediate past Regional Chairperson called on other public spirited individuals, particularly in Cross River State, to join the fray in lending a helping hand to their neighbors to defeat the hardship associated with COVID-19 challenges.