The Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama has donated N1.2million to a four-year old girl-child, Elizabeth Chineyenwa Nwokocha, who is battling cancer.
The donation included N1,097,000 cheque and N107,000 cash.
Elizabeth, who was expected to undergo 24 sessions of chemotherapy, has had six before her parents got financially stuck.
But the Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama rallied round the girl-child to raise funds for her care at the National Hospital in Abuja.
Members of the club identified with Elizabeth’s challenge and presented N1.2million cheque and other essential commodities as part of the first phase of their intervention.
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Speaking during the presentation, the President of the Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama, Rtn. Yusuf Alli, said: “As part of our humanitarian focus, we decided to rally round Elizabeth because of the trauma she is going through and lack of funds to bear her burden by her parents.
“It is our calling to save lives. For Elizabeth, we will all we can to put her back on her feet. No kobo is too small or big to assist the needy like our little girl.
“If all Nigerians can lend helping hands to those disadvantaged, our society will be better. I urge Nigerians to join Rotary International to foster peace and promote development in the world.”
The Rotary International District 9125 Chairperson on Empowering Girls, Rtn. Lovina Okon-Ntui, said: “We commend RC Abuja Maitama for accepting the challenge to assist Elizabeth who has been struggling to survive.
“With this intervention, she will be able to undergo her medical sessions to have a normal life cycle. There are many like Elizabeth who we need to help in the society. I appeal to other clubs to reach out to more indigent patients.”
Overwhelmed with tears, Mrs. Franscica Jecinta Nwokocha said: “I am happy that the Rotary Club of Abuja Maitama intervened on time to save Elizabeth. I had lost hope but Rotarians have brought me joy.
“Kindly extend my appreciation to all those who have contributed in cash and kind for our baby.”
The father of the little girl, Ikechukwu Justice Nwokocha, said: “I will forever be grateful to Rotary International for bailing my family out of this predicament.”