The Oklahoma City Chapter of the Links, Inc. will join forces with INTEGRIS Health and The Israel Idonije Foundation to build on its commitment to support and refurbish schools in Africa to make a direct difference in the lives of African families. Chicago Bears defensive tackle, Israel Idonije and members of his Foundation, will be in Oklahoma City on March 3 and 4 to officially meet and welcome the Links partnership.
The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of 12,000 professional women of color in 270 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. It is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. Links members contribute more than 500,000 documented hours of community service annually. The outstanding programming of the Links, has four facets which include National Trends and Services, The Arts, Services to Youth, and International Trends and Services. Through their partnership with INTEGRIS Health and the Idonije Foundation, they will assist with support to families and youth in Nigeria.
On a mission trip scheduled for March 19-29, 2010 INTEGRIS Health physicians and nurses, will expand on its 2009 efforts to provide medical screening and treatment to underserved citizens in Abuja and Lagos, Nigeria. INTEGRIS Health has more than quadrupled the amount of medication and supplies to be used in this 2010 mission.
The Israel Idonije Foundation (IIF) is entering its third year of service in Nigeria. Through IIF’s C.A.R.E. Africa program (Caring, Advancing, Restoring, Educating Africa) more than 1200 pairs of shoes will be donated to families and youth. C.A.R.E. will donate sports equipment and uniforms, soccer balls, and conduct sports and health education camps during this year’s mission.
In addition to the Israel Idonije Foundation, NTEGRIS Health, and The Links, Incorporated, other mission trip partners include, TCYFL (The Chicagoland Youth Football League), We Play to Win Foundation, GoalPower and Share Your Soles.
Source. Zora Brown-Rowland, INTEGRIS Health, (405) 951-8252