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Chuks Udo Okonta
The Offices Representatives Committee (ORC) of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) today made cash and gift donations to the Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice in Surulere, Lagos.
The event was special as it provided the newly elected President of Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN) Edwin Igbiti, the opportunity to execute his first assignment outside the institute’s secretariat.
Igbiti, who was excited by the gesture extended to the Children Hospice by the committee, noted that the institute remains committed to supporting activities aimed at making life comfortable for mankind.
He appreciated the founder of the Hospice, Mrs. Theresa Omolaja Adedoyin, who was around to welcome members of the institute, stating that the institute would sustain the effort in contributing to the wellbeing of children in the Hospice.
Chairman of ORC, Gbenga Elusakin, also applauded the founder of the Hospice, stating that the donation remains part of the committee programmes of giving back to the society.
He noted that the ORC over the years have been supporting institutions that offer special care to humanity, especially children with special needs.
Founder of the Hospice, Mrs. Theresa Adedoyin, thanked members of the CIIN for the gesture, stating that the organisation’s aspiration is to continue to deliver quality services to special children.
She noted that her relationship with people with mental disability dates back to March 1990, stressing that since then, she has not looked back.
“I had the opportunity of special education with emphasis on children with challenging behavior especially children with autism; down syndrome; cerebral palsy; dyslexia and other neurological conditions associated with mental disabilities.
“I say thank you God again for the opportunity to work, walk, wine and dine with these special children. Through them, I have learnt to be patient, humble and giving,” she posited.
She said the journey to start the organisation began on March 19, 2020, when she had an accident at the National Arts Theatre.
According to her, she broke her left leg in the accident, having three major fractures and was faced with an imminent amputation, which made her prayed and made a covenant with God that if He saves her and her leg, she would work for Him, with emphasis on disabled children.
She submitted that the House opened on October 2, 2003 in response to a steadily increasing number of abandoned, orphaned and sick children suffering from a vast range congenital abnormalities.