By Augustus Bill
It was pomp and Fun fair yesterday at Austica Memorial College Nanka, as Parents, students, staff and well-wishers of the school celebrated her Annual Thanksgiving and Bazaar ceremony.
In his opening remarks, Rev. Fr. Barr Obiora Okeke, the School Manager, who also doubles as the chaplain of Association of Persons Living with Sickle Cell Disorder, charged parents and well-wishers to seize the yearly opportunity to thank God for his blessings, as they would only be giving little back to God from the much he gave to them. He, however, appreciated the efforts of Chief Ikenna Okafor(Ide Akweze), The parents and supporters of the school for their immense help in ensuring that the schools keeps to its Golden and Qualitative Standard.
Recounting their successes, Fr. Okeke confirmed that through the support of those who have the interest of the school at heart, they have been able to drill a borehole that would not only supply portable water to the students but to those around. He said that the school had suffered the issue of water for a long time, and it was only worthwhile that a borehole be drilled for the students.
The Auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Jonas Benson, who was the chief celebrant of the thanksgiving mass, congratulated the management of the school for their efficient running of the school, and urged them to never relent in their duties.
The occasion moved to the open field in the school’s premises for the bazaar sales of items that were presented during the thanksgiving mass, as parents, supporters threw their weight behind the school by ensuring that all that were brought out were sold.
APLSCD, led by their coordinator, Aisha Edward, were not left out of the Galore, as they rallied round to throw their strong weight behind their Chaplain who was the host of the event. Members of the Association were clad in their colourful uniform, and contributed heavily to the events of the day.
Speaking to the press after the event, Aisha said it was worthwhile and more than necessary to join their Most revered Spiritual Director and chaplain in celebrating, as this would be the first and the beginning of many celebrations to come.
The Chaplian, Fr. Okeke, who was pleased to see his new family celebrate with him, did not hide his feelings, as he appreciated the members for turning up, his busy schedule did not stop him from having a group photograph with members of the association.