Ex-international Paul Okoku has taken his Greater Tomorrow Children’s Foundation train to Delta State to celebrate the 2016 Children’s Day and World Hunger’s Day with pupils of Igbe Primary School in Okume, Ndokwa Local Government.
With a mission statement to help less-privileged children in Nigeria achieve their maximum potentials by empowering them to create a brighter future through hunger relief, medical programs, education, sport activities and mentoring, the Greater Tomorrow Foundation has been reaching out since it started operations in Nigeria and upped the ante last weekend by taking its yearly programme to kids in a remote village in Delta State.
Set against the backdrop of a village setting, with rustic and bushy environment,
Okoku’s foundation put smiles on the faces of the kids, who were given goody bags containing spaghetti, noodles, biscuits, fruit drinks, candy, note books.
Represented by ambassadors of the foundation, comprising ex-internationals Yisa Sofoluwe, Edema Fuludu, Jide Alabi and administrator and lawyer, David Fatunbi and coordinator, Mrs Grace Jalekun, the ceremony saw about 270 kids being splashed with items to mark their day.
Speaking through his lawyer, Okoku said he was delighted to deliver on the mission statement of the Foundation by giving back to less-privileged kids in the society, who he noted were the future of tomorrow.
He noted that he was never in doubt of the potentials that less-privileged kids possess but added that for them to attain their full potentials that they must be supported by well-meaning individuals in the society and corporate bodies, who he stated have crucial roles to play in capacity development of young ones.
The end of Okoku’s speech was greeted by wild applauds from the kids, teachers and elders who turned out in their numbers for the ceremony that lasted for close to three hours.
Responding, Head Teacher of Igbe Primary School, David Agadi thanked Okoku for remembering pupils of his school, noting that it was the first time that such a gesture was being extended to them as far as his memory can recall
Like Okoku said, Agadi urged successful Nigerians to help the needy ones in the society, warning that failure to do such would only increase the number of delinquents in the land.
”We thank Paul Okoku for this kind gesture and hope that others will emulate him so that the future of these little ones will be brighter”, said Agadi.
Afterwards, the gifts in the goody bags were given to the pupils, who beamed with wild smiles as they danced away to the blaring sound for the loudspeaker. The elders were not left out of the celebration as they were given a token and drinks by the foundation.