A student of SOS-Herman Gmeiner International College, Chloe Elinam Mawuenyega, has donated GH 12,000 to support the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana. The 15-year-old raised the sum through a car-wash fundraising activity and presented a cheque to that tune to the foundation in Accra last week.
The fund-raiser was undertaken as part of expectations on all Year-5 students, which required them to explore an area of personal interest to deliver tangible outcomes. The Business Manager at the foundation, Mrs Gifty Jecty, expressed appreciation to the school for the gesture. She appealed to other philanthropists and organisations in the country to help support the activities of the foundation to give hope to persons living with sickle cell disease.
The expansion of newborn-screening for sicklecell disease ensures that diagnosed babies receive appropriate health care, which includes twice daily penicillin, comprehensive care and parental counselling and education, she added. The school’s philosophy embraces internationalism in its widest sense, a commitment to uplift Africa and active service to the community, according to the Principal of the school.
The Sickle Cell Foundation is a non-governmental organisation. Its mission is to improve the health and quality of life of people with sickle cell disease and related conditions. It serves as an agency of the Ministry of Health and as programme managers of the National Newborn Screening Programme.