PHCCIMA Donates To The Elderly, Motherless Babies, Physically Challenged Others As Part Of End Of Year Charity Programme

By Anderson Hart

In a bid to give something back to society as part of its corporate social responsibility and in the spirit of the season, Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA led by its president, Engr. Emeka Unachukwu has donated food items, provisions, toiletries among other things to four key charity homes in the state as part of its end of year charity programme.

The trip took the delegation to homes of the less privileged, physically challenged, the elderly and motherless babies.

Described as first of its kind in the history of Port Harcourt chamber of Commerce, the gesture according to PHCCIMA president, Emeka Unachukwu during the visit to Home of the Elderly at Harbour roadt is an opportunity for the chamber to share with others in the spirit of Christmas and to create a sustainable relationship with the home so that te chamber can continue to do its part giving to society.

Obviously laded with emotion he said, “We learnt a lesson today, which was to treat the aged with love and affection; as an organization we are concerned about the plight of the weak and elderly; that is why we are here today, to share not just the items but to also show our love and care for them in this very important time of the year”, he said.

In her response the Matron of the home, Sister Mary Jane Raphael Agubogu was full of gratitude and prayed God to continue to replenish PHCCIMA in the years ahead.

The delegation also visited the Motherless babies Home at Nembe street Borokiri were similar donations were made after inspection tour round the children's ward to have a view of some of the motherless babies. In his remark Unachukwu said, “We are here to touch the lives of these children who need more support from the society and to open up a relationship that will strengthen our commitment towards charity.

While describing Christmas as a time of giving, showing of love and compassion, he noted that people who have been blessed by God should remember the mother-less and the less privilege in the society and share with them the blessings of God, especially during this period.

The Matron Mrs Basil Nwakoh said the home relies solely on peoples donations to cater for the children. She offered prayers to the organization and commended the importance attached to such activities concerning the children, praying for continued success in business.

Similarly, the train moved to the Cheshire Home in Creek road where bags of rice, cartons of biscuits, cartoons of beverages, cartons of milk, and soap among others were also donated to the admiration and appreciation of the matron Mrs Philomina Iroegbu. She expressed warm gratitude and thanked the delegation for finding Cheshire home worthy of such donations, assuring them that God's blessing shall fall upon them.

Lastly the delegation visited the compassionate Home at Nkpogu, speaking on behalf of the President, the 1stDeputy President of PHCCIMA, Dr Renny Hearty Cookey stated that the gesture was another way of getting to know the inmates better, appreciate their plight and kick start a very sustainable relationship with the home.

Cookey explained that PHCCIMA is a compendium of businesses whose mission is to promote and allow businesses to thrive in the city, adding that after a long year of toiling it was only necessary to give back to society which is exactly the reason for the gesture and visit.

Sister Chioma the matron of the home thanked them for finding time to visit the home, and for the various items donated especially during this vital Christmas season.

The event put together by PHCCIMA Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and sports Trade Group had in attendance chairman of the trade group, Surv. Emmanuel Ogbonda, PHCCIMA treasurer, Stella Agada, Publicity Secretary and Chairman of the membership Directorate, Chief Nabil Saleh among other valuable PHCCIMA members.