By Tosin Oluwalowo
Children residing in Ondo State Children’s Home, Oba-Ile will count October 2, 2017 one of their most memorable days, as their house got a full repainting courtesy of #HandsOnDeck.
#HandsOnDeck, an initiative of CSIMedia was put in place in conjunction with other philanthropic individuals and organisations to put smiles on the faces of the children of the home, in commemoration of Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.
Speaking while flagging off the painting exercise, Babajide Akeredolu, son of the governor of the state, applauded the efforts of the organisers in putting together the great event.
“It is a laudable project that should be replicated,” he said.
“Arakunrin had given the mandate to everybody to go out there and impact the lives of people that are less privileged.”
The governor’s son also promised to ensure all other buildings in the compound are painted, while stressing that the children, in spite of the environment they have found themselves have a bright future.
He also showed delight at the fact that there are a lot of activities being done by youths in the state, saying the government is paying attention to such activities and will promote them in the best way it can.
“The take-home is that it is not all about making money, but also about giving back to the community,” he further said.
With the stage set for painting, volunteers on ground took turns to put their handprints on the “We paint for history” board, after which they all took part in the painting.
Indeed, it was a nice time for the children, as they danced to music being played, mimed songs and also painted their new look abode.
For Haleemah Olatunji, Project Manager, Hands On Deck, the idea of giving the house a facelift was to also ensure that children in the house wake every day to see a beautiful house.
Toyosi Ayeleso, CSIMedia’s Partner and Brand Strategy Manager, said: “Social responsibility is part of life.”
“The Bible says, it is more blessed to give than to receive, so this part of giving back. You don’t have to always to money, you can volunteer for something.
“Everybody here is a volunteer. Find a good cause you are passionate about and be a part of it.”
For many volunteers like “Tinny”, it was a first of its kind for them, and they are indeed glad they were part of the team giving back to the society.
Asides painting, the team also gave out gifts materials to children living in the home.
While appreciating the kind gesture, the Deputy Supervisor of the Home, Mrs Lai Epebinu thanked the young minds for the initiative she noted is worthy of emulation.
“It is a good initiative if we have people in the society coming up like this to do something for the motherless children to be good.
It is impacting, we still expect lots of people in the society to come up to impact lives.”