BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A group - Eye On You Foundation - recently formed by students of Windsor University, held a Valentine’s party for the elderly at the Cardin Home on Sunday, February 13.
The party, dubbed Not Forgotten, started with an opening prayer, followed by recognition of invited guests and caregivers, while founder of the group Alexander Okoroafor made a welcome speech in which he said the purpose of the event was to make the elderly feel loved.
Okoroafor said the non-profitable organisation was formed in January 2011 by a group of newly-qualified medical doctors and medical students in order to cater for and improve the quality of life for the elderly with respect and dignity.
He indicated that their work with residents in the home is based upon real person-centered philosophy.
“We strive to help older people maintain a sense of well being by a combination of physical comfort, social, emotional and spiritual calmness,” he added.
Health Minister Hon. Marcella Liburd was also present at the event, as well as Dr. Natalie Osborne, who Okoroafor said had both commended the students for undertaking such a positive venture.
Okoroafor and his team also served the 77 residents of the Cardin Home and presented them gift sets containing toiletries.
The founder called on individuals, families, companies, churches, and organisations to bond with the Health Minister, doctors, nurses and caregivers in the Federation to make the senior citizens feel loved and not forgotten.
Okoroafor indicated that this has been the first event his foundation has organised, which he declared would be followed by many more kind gestures, as it was a rewarding feeling to put a smile on the faces of the Cardin Home’s residents.
Six Nigerian students have made up the Board of Directors of the Eye On You Foundation. They are Magdalene Etta, Esohe Salami, Chinedu Okabuonye, Obinna Obi, Mauroeen Opara and Okoroafor.