By Omopariola Nehemiah
A journalist, Israel Arogbonlo has donated food items and cash to Hope Orphanage in Ondo State.
He made the donation on June 28 saying he had always nursed the ambition of being a blessing to orphans. The donation coincided with his birthday.
He said while donating the items that the “The essence of this donation is borne out of my passion for young people, especially those vulnerable in the society. I started an initiative MBS (My Birthday Splash) two years ago, 2018 to be precise. It’s a programme designed to mark my birthday and in turn, impact lives around.
“For me, a birthday is not just a celebration of one’s existence on earth but also an avenue to touch lives in our own little ways. This is what orchestrated the initiative, and it’s my delight to say that God has really been helping me to make a mark in the best way I can.
“Today, myself, friends and well-wishers are glad to support the management of Hope orphanage for the good work they’re doing, raising and nurturing these kids (Hope orphanage) in the way of the Lord. It’s my prayer they all become great and fulfil destiny in the nearest future.”
Describing the gesture as just a token he said his vision is to always bring a smile to the vulnerable, that is why we tagged this event, “A smile for one, a smile for all”
Arogbonlo charged the orphans to continuously live together in harmony and genuine love which symbolise the exemplary life of Christ.
He said the next edition of the programme would be more people-inclusive as he intends to reach many people as possible, adding that plans are underway to add scholarship to the initiative.
While receiving the donation, the Manager of Hope orphanage, Mrs. Oladupo Abosede described the gesture as angelic visitation.
“On behalf of the board of trustees of Hope orphanage, we really want to appreciate you for this donation. Your deeds are such a gesture we will never take for granted. Reaching out to us in this difficult time means a lot to us. We pray God to keep enriching everyone that contributed towards this donation,” she said.