Community Leader Awards honorees named by Sierra Stars at New Year’s Eve Bash in Texas
The spirit of New Year 2015 is still in the air and the first day of the year never fails to bring to mind divine words, “peace on earth and good will towards us as human beings”. Despite stresses and frustration in the minds of every Sierra Leoneans about the ongoing deadly Ebola virus in our country some Sierra Leonean organizations still have room to celebrate and welcome the New Year for peace and safeties in our mist. Sierra Stars Soccer Association is one notable organization in Texas buys the divine words of peace on earth and good will towards our country. (Photo: Reuben Ndomahina in middle awardee)
In this New Year’s Eve bash, the Sierra Stars Soccer Association brought together many Sierra Leoneans and some West African people to welcome and celebrate the New Year at Sierra Outreach Center in Garland, Texas. The occasion was part of a fundraising drive to support the fight against Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. It was also about recognizing some community members for their great community service during 2014. The president of the organization, Mr. Patrick Dangawalli described the fundraising drive as a tepid philanthropic response to the Ebola outbreak in our country, while at the same time exchanging good wishes and entertaining visions of a better feature for all Sierra Leoneans.
It has been a tradition to the organization when in the end of every year, the organization will identify distinguished community members and provide prestigious certificate of award honoring them for their outstanding service during the year. For the 2014 year, three people who have shown exceptional contributions to the community and have played a vital role in the fight against the Ebola virus in our country were invited to receive the 2014 awards.
Mr. Reuben Kinie Ndomahina received the leadership award for his outstanding vision, commitment and dedication to excellence in service to the community. Ndomahina’s personal commitment to quality is obvious in everything he does, according to SSSA members. The organization also believe that Ndomahina’s desire and willingness to be there at any community function fuel the entire community mutual efforts and lead to success on most events.
Alhaji Salieu Bah is the community Chief Imam receives a certificate of merit for his exceptional service in the community and his role to lead the Muslim community on the interfaith prayers to pray for our country’s Ebola crisis. Sierra Stars also recognizes Alhaji Salieu for his support at all times the fundraising drive it is always doing. The strength and recognition attained by this community in terms of religious tolerance during the year 2014 are salient tribute to his able effort, Sierra Stars spokesman, Sorie Tejan said.
Mrs. Nadine R. King-Mays received the humanitarian award in appreciation for her generous commitment of time, support and inspiration to our community. Mrs. Mays is an African American lawyer has invested interest in pursuing the cause of poverty in Sierra Leone. She is the Executive Director of Sankofa Infrastructural, a Sierra Leonean non-profit organization in the United States. Mrs. Mays is the vice Chairman/ Executive Director Sankofa Infrastructure.
Sierra Stars Soccer Association was formed in 2000 with a view to promote cultural improvements in soccer, civic pride and unity among the Sierra Leone community in the metropolitan cities of Dallas Fort Worth. The organization exists as a non-profit and non-partisan, doing different activities such as participating in soccer tournaments, doing fundraisers, and giving mutual support to other organizations activities.
Sanpha Sesay, Texas Correspondent
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