Twenty years ago when they were leaving the University of Nigeria, Enugu campus Medical School as greehorns in the medical field, a group of then fresh young medical Doctors who would later congregate under the banner of Lynx 95 never probably knew that they would one day unwittingly draw inspiration from the late Catholic Pontif, Pope John Paul 11 who said “No man has so much that he has nothing to receive and no man has so litle that he has nothing to offer”. And the late Mother Threasa who admonished: “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier”.
Twenty years down the line, the group has decide to reunite.And as part of the 20 year re-union activities, the 1995 class of the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka,recently gave back to the school, their Alma Mater that made them.In doing that, Lynx 95, apart from living through Pope John Paull 11 and Mother Threasa’s immortal words on marble, also followed in the tradition of UNN Alumni which sometimes ago raised #24.5 million to help the institution upgrade teaching facilities and Hostels.
Thus in what could be viewed as its widow’s mite to the school, Lynx 95 apparently brought Malcolm Bane’s proposition that “ If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you will end up doing nothing for nobody” , to bear on its decision to donate a 40 KVA solar power system to the new 120 room medical students hostel.
The 1995 set of UNN medical graduates have also renovated the lecture theatre at Ituk Ozalla, new site of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH. In addition, Lynx95 equally changed roof, ceilings, broken windows, refurbished electrical connections and fixtures, repainted the edifice, repairing the plumbing and installing an overhead water tank.
The epoch formal handing over of the Lynx 95’s donations and infrastructural rehabilitation in the school will take place on Friday, August 5, 2016. It is the earnest desire of Lynx 95 to have the Vice Chancellor of UNN, Professor Benjamin Ozumba and other princinpal officers of the legendary University grace the occasion.
As part of the social activities Lynx 95 has lined up for its 20th re-union week, there will be a morning walk and heart healthy breakfast as well as a charity visit and donation to a motherless babies home.Lynx 95 will also organise a mentoring session with final medical students and later a re-union dinner.The re-union week will be capped with an inter-denominational service on Sunday 7th August.
Lynx 95 shares Albert Einstein’s view that “ Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile” and late Muhammed Ali’s believe that “ service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”, hence it is giving back to the very school that molded its members.
Ingram Osigwe writes from Lagos.