By Yunus Yusuf
Arik Air said on Sunday it had donated sundry items to Old People’s Homes, Orphanages and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps across the country.
Mr Adebanji Ola, its Public Relations and Communications Manager, in a statement in Lagos, said that the gesture was part of the airline’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
”The items donated included rice, beans, noodles, spaghetti, beverages, detergents and bed sheets, the statement said.
It listed the beneficiaries to include Holy Family Home for the Elderly, Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Mushin, Lagos, and the Amazing Grace Foundation Old People’s Home, Kado, Abuja.
Others are Jesus Orphanage and Widow’s Home, Elelenwo, Port Harcourt; Hope Motherless Babies Home, Idofian, Kwara State; Malkohi IDPs camp, Yola, and Uhogua IDPs camp, Benin City.
Ola, who personally led the airline’s team on the visits to the benefitting outfits, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), that the gesture was the carrier’s little way of showing love to the less privileged when the world was celebrating the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“It has become a tradition for Arik Air to render assistance to the needy, especially during festive periods,” he said, urging governments at all levels and other well-meaning Nigerians to extend similar hands of fellowship to the less privileged in the society.
He said that at the Amazing Grace Foundation Old People’s Home, the founder, Mrs Ifeyinwa Obegolu, thanked Arik Air for sowing into the lives of the elderly people, widows and traumatised victims of domestic living in the facility.
“At the Jesus Orphanage Home, Port Harcourt, the children were full of excitement and prayed for the well-being of both the staff and management of Arik Air,” he said. (NAN)