By Rose Oranye, Onyedikachi Anyaonyeabor
CHRISTMAS as we know it is a worldwide festival celebrated annually by Christians all over the world to mark the ‘gift’ of Jesus Christ to mankind as a reconciliation between the ‘Fallen Man’ and his creator. The yuletide is always marked with huge buying of new things-clothing, cars, food items, building of houses and renovation of dilapidated ones to wear the period a new look and the new mood.
Most people celebrate this period because of the huge successes they recorded during the year. Some celebrate it with the joy of having survived yet another year. While doing this, they concern themselves with themselves, forgetting that there are people out there and even around them that are less privileged to even afford food for the day.-the orphans, the disabled and the poor.
In the whole wide world, only one man, Santa Claus was left with the responsibility of remembering the children generally. Even at this, his intention was not to show goodwill to the children but to create fun.
In recent time, men of goodwill started acknowledging that man’s joy is never complete until it is distributed. So they began to show benevolence by extending their alms to these ‘unfortunate’ classes of people. One of such notable personalities was The managing Director and Editor-in Chief of Anambra Newspaper and Printing Corporation, Publisher of National Light Newspaper, Sir Chuka Nnabuife.
Quite often, both in his community and around Anambra State, he has shown his benevolence by sharing ‘the little’ he has with not only his neighbours, friends, subordinates, relations, but also to these needy class of people. His open handedness and benevolence did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
On 18th December, 2017, Dave Okereke Foundation for the Less-Privileged and Youth Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the Model Motherless Babies Home, Real Estate, Awka, gave him an award as Ezigbonna Umuaka along side Dr Victoria Chikwelu, Hon. Commissioner for Women Affairs as Ezigbo nne Umuaka, Hon. Somto Anyachu, Miss Nora Raphael Chioma, Miss SFI, among others.
Present at the occasion was ‘the traditional’ friends of the children- Santa Claus among other dignitaries. Food items, beverages, clothing and money were donated.
In his remarks Sir Chuka Nnabuife, the recipient described Model Motherless Babies Home as the best he has seen, and commended the managers of the home and organizers of the event for their efforts in putting smiles on the faces of the children especially during the festive period. He thanked the home for recognising his contribution to the well being of the less privileged, and helping the orphanage pursue their goals in their efforts towards bettering the lives of the needy society.
When interviewed by National Light, Dave Okereke, the founder and initiator of the foundation explained that the foundation was a movement formed to assist the less privileged in the society. He added that the organisation began in 2012 by helping a number of students to obtain their WASCE result, “so as to enable them secure jobs to earn their living.”
He concluded by giving a background of how his family survived the frustration created by sickness of his father and the loss of job by his mother through the help of others and highlighted other ideas such as educating the youths on marriages and family planning. He appealed to the governments and other great philanthropists to focus on tackling the challenges posed by the needy and youth unemployment.