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Foundation donates 1000 wheelchairs to PWDs in FCT

Wheelchairs and other items distributed to PWDs in the FCT

Photo: Daniel Adejo/Radio Nigeria

The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen and the Arch Bishop of Abuja Diocese, Bishop Ignatius Kaigama, have urged Nigerians to emulate the love and life of Jesus Christ by supporting Persons Living with Disabilities (PWDs).

They were speaking at the 31st edition of special Easter Monday celebration for PWDs, organised by a non-governmental organisation, the Sir David Osunde Foundation (SDOF), where over 1,000 wheelchairs and Crutches as well as bags of rice and other items were distributed to PWDs by the Foundation.

Speaking during the distribution of the items at the Holy Family Society National Pilgrimage Centre, Gosa, Sabin-Lugbe, Abuja, Dame Tallen urged Nigerians to participate in similar gestures of support, and commended the Foundation and its backers in their actualisation of the dream of empowering PWDs.

On his part, Bishop Kaigama, commended the gesture, and called for an all-inclusive support to all irrespective of their physical challenges.

The founder/president of the foundation, Sir David Osunde, who was represented by Dr Anthony Osunde, said the gesture was part of the Foundation’s goal to take people living with disabilities off the street and empower them.

“I think the beneficiaries run into the 1,000s. This is skeleton portion because since the onset of Boko Haram and COVID, We’ve been scaling,” he said..

“This used to be a two-day event and if all the members would come, we wouldn’t have accommodation for two days,” Sir Osunde noted.

“The coordinators will also ensure that the gifts get to all the various members,” he promised, adding: “It’s running into the 1,000s.”

Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Tony Okerafor