Sheku Tejan Koroma featured in Ebola fundraising drive in Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas, October 2nd. As part of the APC-USA branch effort to contribute in the fight against the Ebola Hemorrhagic fever epidemic, the APC Dallas in Texas has completed an exclusive fundraising drive on September 27th at the Sierra Leone community hall, Sierra Outreach Center in Garland. Former Minister of Health and Sanitation, Honorable Mr. Sheku Tejan Koroma was the guest of honor. (Photo: Sheik Daboh (President, APC Dallas)
In the meeting to decide on the fundraising campaign, the president of the group, Mr. Sheik Daboh informed his members that since the epidemic continues to devastate our country and the region, his organization should set up the pace and play an active role of community mobilization in the metropolitan to continue doing fundraising drive in order to increase our effort in the fight against the deadly virus.
This fundraising campaign attracted many people from all walks of life. Notably organizations represented were the SLPP chapter in Dallas, Krio Descendant Union, and the indomitable group, the Texas Paddle. Also present in the campaign was a high profile healthcare woman, Mrs. Zainabu Koroma. Mrs. Koroma is Nurse Practitioner and a philanthropist who stood firmly searching for partners in order to help build a coalition of consensus to bring about clear decisive structured plans for the mitigation of healthcare problem in our country. She attend the fundraiser not because of the influence of the organization, it was because of a compelling emotions that she has about her country and the current epidemic. Many other people who attended were influenced by what they say; it was a genuine and justification course.
When he was addressing the attendees, the President of the chapter, Mr. Sheik Daboh explained that the funds collected are among others aimed at reducing the Ebola epidemic and related mortality through provision of emergency service to the population of over 5 million people in our country. He said that people in West Africa should have hope because when crisis like this is looming, it will open to us a new creative possibilities. It will bring a wide range of ideas, as well as positive emotions of happiness and joy at the end of the crisis he added.
Mr. Daboh cited President Ernest Koroma’s speech about the epidemic, saying that the “Ebola virus is real and beyond the scope of any one country, or community to defeat”. He stressed that people should avoid mis-attributing this epidemic crisis based on political influence or by mistakenly thinking that it is a disease invented by SLPP or APC parties, neither from North, South, West or East. Let us join hands as Sierra Leoneans to fight the enemy, the Ebola virus, Mr. Daboh urged.
Meanwhile, the entire community has set a date, October 5th, to perform interfaith prayers. The community believes that prayers are an important thing that can be shared with everyone so that God will have mercy on our people back home. The pioneer of this program, Mr. Reuben Ndomahina, believes that offering prayers from all spiritual traditions, mainly Islam and Christianity, could yield a positive outcome. All organizations and individuals are expected to take off from work on that day and patronized with this very important meeting. On that day, we will see a skyrocketing pastors and Imams communicating directly to the one God for help. We will keep you informed as to how the community of Dallas Fort Worth seriously handling the Ebola crisis. Stay tuned.
By Sanpha Sesay, The Texas Chief
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