The Fifty 50 Club formed by a group of employees of AngloGold Ashanti on Sunday handed a check of GHc10,000 to the father of an 8-year old boy who has a Hole in Heart condition and needed support for surgery. Two other people received support from the group.
Saviour Dakura, the 8 year old boy, was diagnosed with Hole in Heart condition in 2016 and underwent an initial surgery at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. The doctors advised that Saviour Dakura be brought back after two years for another surgery but failure on the part of the family to raise the $8,000 needed for the surgery has caused young Savior Dakura unable to have the second surgery. The family of Saviour has managed to raised only GHc20,000. The Fifty 50 Club has supported the family of Dakura with GHc10,000.
Edward Dakura, the father of Savour Dakura expressed his appreciation for the kind gesture.
“With a larger portion of the money now in hand and with some people promising to also support us, I am hoping that the operation could come on in 2021 ”, he said.
“We appreciate the support of The Fifty 50 Club”, he added.
Presenting the check to the family of Saviour Dakura, Jacob Edmund-Acquah, the Club President (AGAG), said they hope to repeat their donations every four months.
“The Fifty 50 Club was started in July this year and we encourage our members to contribute atleast GHc50 a month to enable us support the needy in our society. Every four months, we take whatever we have contributed and donates it back to the community” he said.
“We are hoping to have more members to enable us support more people” he added.
Alice Sekyi, a 45 years old woman from Mensahkrom in Obuasi also received support from the group. Alice Sekyi is a single parent and is taking care of her 15-year old son and her mentally challenged sister. She is a hawking seamstress (“Adieyie”) and before that she was a gari seller. The Club decided to provide her with a stall and set her up with a petty trading business to enable her take care of her son and sister.
Another beneficiary on the day was Agnes Sekyere, a 56 years old woman from Gausu in Obuasi. Agnes Sekyere had suffered from stroke for 12 years and after recovering, she hasn’t been able to walk properly. She is a water seller and has also lost her only child who could have supported her. She keeps her water in her neighbour’s refrigerator to keep it chilled for her customers. The Fifty 50 Club purchased a new refrigerator for her and also funded the initial stocking – with sachet water and soft drinks.
The total amount spent on the donation could go as high as GHc25,000, according to the Club President.
About Fifty 50 Club
The Fifty 50 Club was formed by a group of employees of AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Limited to support sustainable programs to improve the health, educational, and socio-economic wellbeing of residents of communities in and around Obuasi, and in future extend to other parts of the country. Their membership now includes employees from AGAG affiliated companies (AGA Malaria Control, AGA Hospital), Contractors and individuals outside Ghana.
They currently have 108 members and counting.
The Club aims at carrying out charitable initiatives while contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).