By SOLA OGUNDIPE
THERE were smiles all around at the auditorium of the NECA building,Alausa area of Ikeja, Lagos, last week, during the occasion of the official launch/fundraising programme of the Health, Education, Works and Shelter, HEWS, Foundation. The smiles were expected for a philathropic organisation well known for bringing smiles to the faces of the needy and indigent in society, by meeting their critical health needs.
Among those whose smiles were brightest were Miss Iyanuolwa Oyewole and Master Ayomide Agbaje – two beneficiaries of the 30 successful,free cleft lip and palate correction surgeries, procured, courtesy HEWS Foundation in Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo states since 2010.
Other benefits garnered include five micro-credit loans offered small scale industries, two educational scholarships and at least 500 free meals served from the HEWS kitchen.
Highlighting the Foundation’s numerous attempts to improve welfare of the less privileged in society by giving a helping hand, Group Manging Director/CEO, UAC of Nigeria Plc, Mr Larry Ettah, observed that in a society such as ours plagued with misery and pain quite plain to see, the ability to make a difference to humanity mattered.
“This is why organisations such as HEWS Foundation and similar bodies offer us a fresh lens to humanity, a ray of hope and reminds us that it is through service to others that we validate our common humanity.”
Speaking earlier, the Foundation’s Founder/President, Mr. Remi Adeseun said HEWS was committed towards improving quality of life of Nigerian children, young persons, adulkts, their families and the community and societyat large.
Adeseun noted that the formal launch was part of the programme thrust for 2012. Others include 60 more cleft lip/palate surgeries, 15 micro-credit loans and 15 scholarships.
“There would be more public enlightenment/awareness campaigns on cleft lip/palate conditions, as well as more health interventions for indigent patients, in the form of paediatric trauma, paediatric cardiac surgeries, benign oral/maxillofacial surgeries and strategic meetings of volunteers, the Board and Management staff.