he children did not even know that they were playing host to their non biological parents. The occasion was the birthday ceremony organised by inmates of the orphanage home at the Onitsha Red Cross Society Centre GRA Onitsha for their father and the Anambra State chairman of the Nigerian Red cross society Prof. Peter Kachi.
The climax of the first ever event East of Niger of the humanitarian service was witnessed by a cross section of people from all works of life. Many people in South East however gathered to celebrate the birthday party with tears of joy, mixed feelings, and love. Those who had not been close to the inmate homes were moved emotionally to make open confession and resolution to join in the up keep of the children of circumstance. Tears also flowed when they moved to present their birth day gifts to the chief celebrant, Professor Peter Kachi and Chief Mrs. Ezinne Beatrice Okafor, a 67-year-old woman who also celebrated with the children. Speaking one after the other to New Telegraph, most guests described the occasion as worthy and passionate event. Chief Chike Belonwu, a business mogul based in Onitsha said, “I am a next door neighbour to these children and God has blessed me. I am excited with what I saw today.”
“Unfortunately, I have never set my feet in this compound to know what is happening here. Today, I have learnt a lot here that humanitarian services are duty for all. I promised my God after seeing these children today that every week, I will supply them 50 bags of water. I am overwhelmed with what the management of this home is doing.”
“It is a worthy gesture and I commend the State chairman of the Red Cross Society and his team in Anambra State for their good humanitarian services. I pray that God will always reward them.”
“It is also not enough bringing food items and other materials to them but a time like this, is very important in their lives.”
The beauty of the occasion was that some other children were invited with their parents to share love and humility with their less privilege counterparts at the home. The joy of the children and the guests know no bound as they watch them dance freely, drink and dine together. Meanwhile, some of the children thought the celebration was for the Christmas, (Chimdimma not real name) a 5-year-old said I am happy for the Christmas. I ate rice, drank Bobo, I say thank you my Aunty.”
In an interview with journalists, the Professor said he decided to celebrate his birthday with the children because he is their father and mother. “Here is my constituency.
All I know is charitable. I therefore charge the guests here to be charity particularly to these less privileged children.”
Asked about their hope for the future Professor Kachi said they have brighter future. They are all in school and they go to the best schools around. They are well taken care of and the public are doing wonderfully well to give them the best training any one can afford anywhere. It is obvious that God has been very good to me. I went to school from a poor background entered college from elementary four and today I am professor and God gave me this gift of humanity and I will die being a humanitarian,” he vowed. I had also escaped death severally not because I have security but because of the love of God unto my life. All I want to advice Nigerians and all well meaning people of this country is to do what is right, be your brother’s keeper, and serve the people with love and humanity,” he preached.
High point of the event was the inspection of the guard of honour and parade by the members of the Nigerian Red Cross Society as well as cultural dance displayed by the Odoakpu Catholic Parish women. Award and exchange of gift to the celebrants added colour to the occasion.