As part of their drive to save lives, four charities in Ghana have held a joint press conference to outline their plans for their charity walk dubbed “United for Charity Fun Walk 2018,” aimed at raising funds for their various causes at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra on Friday, 16th March.
The Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), Indian Women’s Association of Ghana, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation (IMPF) and the Ghana International Women’s Club said the walk is expected to create awareness about their various causes and raise the necessary finances to fund their activities.
A representative of the Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF), Karen Hendrickson said CHF is committed to providing financial assistance to approximately two hundred (200) Ghanaian families a year who find themselves in the difficult position of trying to save the lives of their children diagnosed with congenital heart condition.
She added that CHF has been able to fund the surgeries of 250 children in its five years of existence.
The President of the Ghana International Women’s Club Jacqui Ahomka Lindsey encouraged Ghanaians to take part in the program and also contribute to a worthy cause.
Contributing to the press conference, the Vice President of the Indian Women’s Association (IWA) Vinisha Daryanani noted the role IWA has played in raising awareness about breast cancer in the country for the last 9 years.
“Earlier breast cancer was discussed in hush tones,” she said. “There was lot of Cancer related stigma and myths such as many believed cancer was contagious or a punishment. But today, survivors openly discuss their experiences. There has been a huge impact by raising awareness about the importance of regular screenings and early detection. Today, we have more survivors. And we have been able to reach out to more people.”
IWA is a Non-profit organization established over 35 years ago in Ghana with a goal to provide a social and cultural platform to unify the Indian community and to reach out to the needy in the local community.
Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation (IMPF) is a non-governmental organization with membership consisting of twenty women drawn from Ghanaian professional women and women resident in Ghana, including diplomatic spouses, from different countries.
The foundation which is chaired by H.E Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, H.E. the First Lady of Ghana, was formed in February 2005 with the goal of combating malaria through collaboration with leaders in malaria research and through educational and social projects across urban and rural Ghana.
The Ghana International Women’s Club is committed to improving the lives of the less privileged in Ghana. Since its inception in 1980, the GIWC’s primary aim has been to take concrete steps to improve the lives of women, children, the elderly, sick as well as the destitute in society.
The one-day walk is expected to provide significant funds and bring awareness about the social interventions of the four charities in the area of malaria prevention, heart surgeries, breast cancer awareness, cervical cancer, and more.
Participants at Saturday’s (24th March) United for Charity event will walk from the Labadi Beach Hotel through some principal streets in La, Burma Camp and back to the Labadi Beach Hotel.
The charities are urging people to walk, run, volunteer or donate their support to save lives and provide priceless support to those in need.