By Nick Chibunna
Public-spirited individuals and lovers of Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru have been called upon to partner with the Diocese in her “Care and charity” project in order to alleviate the pains and sufferings of the less-privileged members of the society, irrespective of clan, faith and social status.
This call was made by the Bishop of the Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, at the just-concluded 3rd Session of the 3rd Synod of the Diocese held at St. Simon’s Anglican Church Ugirike, in the Ikeduru L.G.A. of Imo State.
The project, under the aegis of “Diocesan Annual St. Luke’s Day” (DASD), is designed as assistance to the indigent members of the society who could not pay their hospital bills due to circumstances of life. It also serves as an empowerment scheme.
The prelate who described the programme as obligation towards our indigent brethren in the society said that about N3 million so far have been paid as hospital bills to these class of people numbering about 49 persons.
Just penultimate weekend, Christian voice Newspaper was reliably told that nine more indigent persons have benefited, bringing the total to 58, and additional N353,000, spent.
Bishop Maduwike who also decried the high level of poverty in the county, especially in Imo State, pleaded with those in the position of authority to embark on projects that would impact on the lives of the common man, not on white elephant projects that do not profit anybody except those who are ripping off from the system.
According to the prelate, DASD is “Care and charity” unit of the Diocese which is in partnership with St. Luke’s Chapel, St David’s Hospital Ikenegbu Owerri.
Its programme of activities includes annual thanksgiving to God for goodness, mercy and loving kindness, especially on the indigent members of the society, and hospital visitations for comfort.