By Francis Tim Mbom
The Limbe Rotary Club, under the auspices of the Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Jules Savaria, handed over a consignment of medical and educational equipment to 25 hospitals, medical centres and individuals on Friday, January 27.Handing over the gifts, the High Commissioner said the consignment valued at FCFA 500.000.000 million, came from Canada a couple of months ago thanks to some Rotary clubs out there.
"We have always been committed to humanitarian actions. For us helping others is helping ourselves," Savaria said at the ceremony. He expressed gratitude to the Limbe Rotary Club and its Canadian counterparts for having taken such a challenge to help the needy, by selflessly devoting their little finances to the cause.
"I congratulate the Limbe Rotary and their Canadian partners for this laudable initiative," he said, adding that he was not only happy for the gifts, but very satisfied with the fact they are going to be used to help the needy population.
Savaria also told the Limbe Rotary Club President, Sally Luma Diki, that they have already raised concerns about the Cameroon government's imposition of import charges on humanitarian goods as such. This was in response to one of the problems encountered during the transportation of the gifts from Canada to Cameroon.
Luma Diki had earlier disclosed that they paid port charges amounting to some FCFA 15 million. She said their pleas to the government for tax exemption on the goods fell on deaf ears. She said it was incumbent on the government to consider that the items were destined to help the needy, and not for any commercial gains.
Diki lauded the fruitful collaboration with their Canadian partners; "What you see here today are the fruits of the partnership of Rotarian Pete Smith of Novia Scotia in Canada and the Limbe Rotary Club. They are destined for use and benefit of the people."
Among the beneficiaries of the Rotary largesse were the Provincial Hospital Limbe, Family Health Foundation Limbe, District Hospitals of Muyuka, Tiko, Ekondo-Titi, Bota-Limbe; private clinics and health centres, Pamol Hospital Lobe,
Catholic Hospital Mount Mary, Buea, Baptist Hospital Mutengene, Regina Pacis Mutengene; Saker Baptist College, NCHS Limbe and others. The Rotary Clubs of Estuaire and Jos in Douala equally received some of the gifts.
The recipients received certificates of recognition for their assistance in helping Rotary to render services to the people. Awards went to Rotary partners like SONARA, CDC, and the representatives of the Bishop of Buea for the Catholic Mission; the Baptist, Presbyterian and others.
The Rotary donations culminated in what the Rotarians call the President's Night; a gathering that held in the banquet hall of the Bifunde Business Complex at Bota, Limbe. This night is an annual get-together where the out-going president of the club hands over the club's Charter to the new leader.
In this case, Peter Akote handed the Charter over to Sally Luma Diki.
"I have been keeping this Charter for one year and I am very happy to hand it over to you," he said.