At a tender age of 12, Ms. Akorfa Glover underwent a 12-hour intensive surgery to correct acute scoliosis.
“It felt like a whole cement bag had been taped to my back,” she said. “There were tubes coming out of my mouth, side, and neck. There were drips but I was still happy.”
But for a Christian NGO, her parents could not afford her subsidised bill of $3000.
Till date, she has remained grateful for the power of fundraising for societal good as it saved her life.
On her last Christmas holiday to Ghana in 2015, Miss Glover came in contact with ‘Help the African Child foundation (HACGhana)’ where she contributed to the payment of health insurance premiums of some street kids. This year, she decided to contribute again but on a larger scale. She, thus, has garnered support from her online community to start her own fundraising initiative to support the kids, with the support of the foundation.
As one who once benefited from community contributions to offset her surgery bills, she believes this is her own way of contributing back to the disadvantaged in the community.
Akorfa Glover and her friends have decided to hold a Charity Concert to encourage people to contribute to this worthy cause.
She has so far gotten support from other organisations interested in collaborating on the project.
The initial goal was to raise GHC 7,000.00 for the premiums of 250 street kids and teenage mothers. This was raised online via social media. Upon further thoughts, an addition of health screening and menstrual health education exercise to 500 teenage mothers on the streets in addition to offering them health insurance registration (in collaboration with DoctorsAct Ghana) was made. This increased the target to GHC 15,000 of which GHC 8000 has been raised so far.
50 kids would be selected from the e-waste dumpsite in the Fadama slums, 100 would be kids of Kayayei (head porters) in Accra Central (Kuffour Bus station). The last 100 are teenage mothers who are head porters.
The Charity Concert will be held at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Dansoman, Accra, and would be a gospel event where gospel ministers would minister to the audience as a contribution to the event. At the concert, the audience will be entertained while giving back to the disadvantaged in the community with their participation.
Funds will be raised during the concert to meet up the GHC 15,000 target for the health screening exercise and registration the next day.
Ministers on the bill include John Sena, OJ, Naa Mercy, Joycelyn Armah, E’mPraise, Rap Ture, Trinity Baptist Church Choreography, Kobina Ansah and the Scribe family and a children’s orchestra.
It’s going to be a night of contemporary versus classical worship, drama and inspiration.
Contributions can be made via MTN mobile money number +233 24 261 4772, Vodafone mobile money number +233 20 979 2955 and concert details can be followed on social media via the following: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eccconcert/ , Twitter: @eccconcert, YouTube: https://goo.gl/2zqBCF
Source: Scribe News