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Women’s Forum donates to Social Welfare, Red Cross

Women’s Forum donates to Social Welfare, Red Cross

The Women’s Forum Sierra Leone on Thursday 31st July 2014 made a humble donation of Le500, 000 each to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children Affairs and the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society. Mrs. Emelia Garber of Women’s Forum presenting the money to Emmanuel Tommy of the Red Cross

Making the presentation at the Ministry of Social Welfare, New England Ville in Freetown, the President of the Forum, Mrs. Maude Regina Peacock disclosed that it is to assist children affected by the Ebola outbreak some of whom are orphaned.

The Country Representative of UNICEF, Mr. Roland Monash, who received the amount on behalf of the Child Protection Committee of the Ministry of Social Welfare, assured that it would be used for its utmost priority.

At the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society on Liverpool Street in Freetown, Mrs. Maude Peacock disclosed that members of the Forum are passionately impressed with the work of the Red Cross informing that they were inspired by D.J. Base of AYV Radio who appealed for people and organizations to contribute to the Red Cross to fight against the Ebola outbreak.

She added that the Forum is the umbrella organization of all women’s organizations in the country, affirmed that help should come from within before outside and urged the Red Cross to accept the modest donation.

Presenting the amount to the Secretary General of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, Mr. Emmanuel Tommy, a member of Women’s Forum, Mrs. Emelia Garber revealed that the Forum would try to mobilize more funds to support the work of the Red Cross adding that medical students played a leading role in the Ebola outbreak in the Congo and commended the Red Cross for risking the lives of its volunteers who have left footprints on the sands of time.

Mr. Emmanuel Tommy further thanked the Forum for the gesture which he underscored is never too small and highlighted that the Red Cross is at the forefront in the fight against Ebola citing its involvement in awareness raising campaign, contact tracing and dead body management and informed that the Red Cross would scale up its intervention in case management.

He also revealed that the Red Cross would bring in a medical team and equipment to undertake case management in either Kenema or Kailahun District as MSF has been overstretched adding that Ebola has now spread nationwide.

According to Mr. Emmanuel Tommy, the donation is appreciated and assured that he would inform other partners but that the Society does not publicize its activities.

A PowerPoint presentation by the Red Cross Communications Officer, Mr. Patrick Massaquoi on dead body management and other interventions by the Red Cross in Kailahun District climaxed the event.

Kongbap Sumner

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