The Fifty 50 Club, an Obuasi based non-profit association held a donation event in Obuasi on Saturday, September 4, 2021 to support two needy individuals in Obuasi. The club was formed to support groups and individuals in the community in the areas of health, education and socio-economic empowerment.
Members of the club, currently numbering about 140, make a minimum monthly contribution of Fifty Ghana Cedis (GHS 50.00) in support of the club’s objectives.
They make quarterly donations to deserving individuals following a review of applications based on a set criteria. Two (2) individuals were selected to benefit from Saturdays donation event.
The first beneficiary was David Ababio Awuni. He attended Bolgatanga Senior High School and has been admitted into the Computer Science Program at KNUST, Kumasi. His sponsor, who happens to be his elder brother, has lost his job and cannot continue to fund the brother’s education nor repay a loan he took to fund expenses related to David’s first year at KNUST. He needed support to pay for his school fees and other related costs. In addition, he did not have the required laptop for his program.
The Club provided David with a laptop and paid the 2021/2022 academic year school fees. The club has made a further commitment to pay for the remaining two years of his program depending on his academic performance.
The other benefiary was Monica Oware, a 50-year old widow who resides in Obuasi Kokoteasua. She has a blurred vision, which according to doctors is due to a spinal cord and waist disorder. She currently sells garden eggs and pepper at the Obuasi main market, which is far away from her residence. Monica has four (4) children but due to hardship and her illness, she has given two out to work as domestic workers in Accra and Takoradi. She is currently living with her remaining two children. The older child is 13 years and in Class 6 and the other, a 9-year old has dropped out of school to help her at the market. As an only child, Monica has no siblings who can support her.
In support of Monica, the Club has purchased a commercial food processor (fufu pounding machine), rented a store close to her residence for a 4-year tenancy period, and stocked the store with provisions.
It is hoped that this would reduce Monica’s commute and enable her to earn a decent livelihood. The Founder and President of the Club, Jacob Edmund-Acquah, expressed his joy at the generosity of all members and threw an invitation to new members.
“Seeing the smiles on the faces of these beneficiaries is always heartwarming and makes life a lot worthwhile” he said.
Founded in July 2020, the Fifty 50 Club has made several donations over the past few months including supporting two kids with heart conditions and setting up two women with trading businesses.