Conclave Donates Le 10 M Worth Of Items To Blind School
On Tuesday 18th June, 2013, the Noble Sarjoski Conclave and Leone Asset Management donated Le10 million worth of assorted food items including rice, cooking oil, unions, tomato, salt, and cash to the Milton Margai School for the Blind, Wilkinson Road in Freetown. (Photo: A cross section of the noble sarjoski Conclave members after the donation)
Conclave spokesman, Winston Ojukutu Macauley Jr., who also coordinated the event, disclosed that the Conclave has its roots from the kiosk once owned and operated by the late Foday Sarjor Saccoh at Wallace Johnson Street opposite the Nursing Hostel.
He continued that after the death of Foday Sarjor Saccoh, members warmly recalled the spot as the place of gathering and networking and that the hospitality that ensured out of such gatherings created what is now the most celebrated conclave in the country.
Winston Ojukutu Macauley Jr. further stated that the conclave is a social gathering of professionals and intellectuals who have been successful in their choosing careers.
He went on, “the main vision of the noble Sarjoski Conclave is to lay a benevolent foundation that will touch the lives and activities of not only the vulnerable in society but other sectors like education, health and sports to enhance the development of the conclave and the country as a whole.”
He further stated that President Ernest Bai Koroma is a long-standing member of the noble Sarjoski Conclave and admonished members to enhance development underlining, “the conclave is relevant to the changing society in which it operates.”
Winston Ojukutu Macauley Jr is firmly convinced that the conclave has the ability to do more and change the perception that it was merely a social club created for entertainment but could become a space for better engagement between members who are undoubtedly influential to the wider public as it is now engaged with other members of society and in humanitarian work.
The presentation of the items was done by the former Chairman of the conclave, Works and Infrastructure Minister, Alimamy Petito Koroma to the Acting Principal of the school, Didymos Thaimu Kargbo.
Mr. Alimamy Petito Koroma stated that he has been a long-time friend to the Milton Margai School for the Blind and expressed happiness, on behalf of the noble Sarjoski Conclave, to associate with the needs of the disabled children.
He further affirmed to the pupils that the gesture is to express solidarity as the donation is a necessity which is of great importance to commemorate the Day of the African Child on 16th June.
He assured the children that the conclave would continue to stand by them to ensure that they meet their balance diet supplements.
The Deputy Minister of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs, Mustapha Bai Attila, a product of the school, admonished pupils to be law abiding as that is the only way their concerns could be addressed.
Mustapha Bai Attila also pleaded with the conclave to consider the Kono School for the Blind among others in the country as most of them are vulnerable and commended the conclave for the gesture that has left an indelible mark in the minds of the pupils and the school administration.
According to Mustapha Bai Attila, in the past, disables were neither seen nor heard but that under President Ernest Bai Koroma’s Government, he thought it prudent that disables must contribute to the development of the country maintaining that such an exclusion policy has been wiped out by the Disable Act and Commission disclosing, “I am the first blind Minister in West Africa and the leadership of Sierra Leone is ready to protect the disabled.”
The pupils entertained members of the conclave with two songs.
A cross-section of members of the conclave, including the current Chairman, Christopher John of the Office of National Security, graced the ceremony.
By Abdul R. Bedor Kamara
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