Sierra Leone Crisis Committee-Ontario Canada Fundraising Dinner in Toronto
Sierra Leoneans and their fellow West Africans and Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area in Canada have described a fundraising dinner organized by the Sierra Leone Crisis Committee in Ontario, Canada at the Jewish Banquet Hall in Toronto as an extraordinary accomplishment and successful campaign against the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone and West Africa. (Photo: A cross section of Sierra Leone Crisis Committee)
The Sierra Leone Crisis Response Committee was formed at the Sierra Leone community meeting held in Toronto Ontario to discuss community response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The committee is intended to bring together all Sierra Leoneans and their friends to support our people and country to continue the fight against the Ebola Epidemic. The committee was also formed to create awareness about Ebola both in Canada and West Africa and to lobby for more supports and funding through the federal governments of Canada and other international organization to help supports the campaign to end the Ebola disease in Sierra Leone.
Mr. Paul Duwai-Sowa an Executive Committee Member gave an extraordinary welcome address. In his speech he talk about the need for all Sierra Leoneans in the Diaspora to come together and united against this deadly disease. He welcomes everyone who took their precious time to grace the occasion. He praised the Sierra Leonean community here in Ontario Canada for their invaluable support in supporting the initiative of the committee. He said the committee was founded few months ago in response to addressing the Ebola epidemic disease in Sierra Leone. Mr. Sowa praises organizations here in Canada and the federal governments for their efforts and supports they have giving so far in responding to the challenges our country is facing to stop this epidemic.
Mr. Mohamed Sean Samura an Executive Committee Member of the Sierra Leone Crisis Committee and also a founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Sierra Leone-Canadian Children’s Aid Society an organization that is working closely with orphan children in Sierra Leone.
Mr. Samura presented a documentary about a 12 year old boy who died of Ebola diseases and ask for a good burial from his family and advise them to keep the courage and continue to fight against this deadly diseases. The documentary was based on a true life story. Later in the nights there was another video that portrait about the growing number of Ebola-orphans in Sierra Leone. The fate of many of these children is unclear, some of their parents are still sick kept in isolation and quarantined areas. A growing numbers of them have lost their parents or guardians through this eperdemic. It’s becoming a child protection issues. Mr.Samura’s organization is presently on the ground identifying these orphans, placed them in a drop in center and try to help them in areas of immediate counseling, health issues, food, immediate shelter and if possible to reunite some of them with their extended family members.
Addressing the audience as a Guest Speaker was Dr. Natasha Crowcroft a chief of infectious diseases public health Ontario and a professor at the University of Toronto. She commended the Initiative of Sierra Leoneans for coming together to establish such a committee that is creating awareness about Ebola. She delivered very interesting and educative information about Ebola.
Giving an overview of the work done so far by the committee was one of the Masters of Ceremony Madam Mbarlu Dumbuya who is also a member of the Executive Committee. She comment about the hard working patriotic Sierra Leoneans and Canadians that have come together as a nation in promoting the campaign against Ebola. She appealed to the audience and guest to support the initiative of the committee and help to stop Ebola in Sierra Leone. She congratulated the Sierra Leonean community in Toronto for its fullest support. She implored all to genuinely donate to a cause she referred to as “worth giving” because it aims to combat this deadly disease in Sierra Leone. The vote of thanks was movingly delivered by Mr. Abubakarr Kamara an Executive Committee member he says in his end speech “Helping our country is a sign of compassion and solidarity as it portray the love for our motherland “Help get Ebola out of Sierra Leone and the West African region.
By Sylvanus B.C. Hughes – Public Relation Officer -Sierra Leone-Canadian Children’s Aid Society-Freetown Sierra Leone
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