Africare News Release
Africare Blood Donation through Sports
By C.Y. Kwanue
Published: 02 October, 2008
Africare Liberia, in collaboration with Nimba County Health Team (NCHT), Ganta United Methodist Hospital (GUMH) and a local radio station, Radio Kerhegheamahn, has ended a two-day mini soccer and kickball tournament in Ganta, Nimba County. Africare is a non-profitable governmental organization (NGO) working in the country in areas of health-related initiatives.
|One of the participating teams in the soccerand kickball 'Blood Donor' Campaign in Ganta, Nimba County, Liberia.|
Africare held a mini tournament dubbed Nimba County 'Blood Donor' Campaign with the objective of creating awareness of the need for blood donation through the Blood Bank. The tournament was organized at GUMH in September 27-28, 2008 at Gompa Sports Stadium near J.W. Pearson High School campus.
The tournament, with funding from the United Nations Fund for Population Activity (UNFPA), was observed on the theme, Give Blood-A Gift of Life, and brought together 10 of Ganta's top soccer and kickball clubs that faced one another in grueling encounters.
At the launch of the tournament, an Africare official informed players, spectators and other well-wishers at the occasion that the exercise was to create awareness on the importance of donating blood to the Blood Bank at GUMH.
The 10 teams that participated are Ganta Old Timers Sports Association (GOTSA), Bangladesh-Liberia Friendship Football Club (BanLib FC), Kpein United Sports Association (KUSA), Exodus FC and the Border Defenders. The rest are Ganta Old Women Sports Association (GOWSA), Ganta Central Girls FC, Kallon FC, Shooters United Sports Association (SUSA) and Dekermein-based Kolakeh FC.
In the opening match on Saturday, September 27, 2008, KUSA FC defeated BanLib FC in post-match penalty shoot-out 3-2 and Exodus FC went down to Border Defender 5-3 also from post-match penalty shoot-out. Later in the afternoon on the same day, Kolakeh FC defeated SUSA FC 1-0 while GOWSA outwitted the Ganta Central Girls with 7-5 points in the kickball thrilling match. On Sunday, September 28, 2008, Kalon FC was dragged by GOTSA 2-0; while KUSA FC defeated SUSA FC in a penalty shoot-out with 3-1. Border FC was humbled by GOTSA FC with 2-1. In the final match of the kickball game, GOWSA was defeated by Younger Girls kickball team 3-5.
In the final of the tournament that nearly brought the stadium on 'fire', the favorites of the teams, GOTSA, was forced to bow out to KUSA 1-0. The first winner of the female teams was awarded a set of jerseys and a football while the second winner went away with a set of jerseys. As of the soccer, the first winner got a set of jerseys and two footballs, while their challenger, GOTSA, had a set of jerseys only.
The presentation was done by an Africare staff, in collaboration with Nimba County Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jebbeh, the Chief Education officer of Nimba, George S. Wuo, who is also the Chairman of County Sports Steering Committee. Keynote speaker H.E. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, ambassador of the Republic of Zambia, reminded guests that though there are still challenges facing women in Africa, the fight for women’s empowerment has come a long way.
Other notable attendees included H.E. Aziz Mekouar, Ambassador of Morocco to the U.S., Ambassador Shirley E. Barnes, Ambassador Lange Schermerhorn. Patricia Faraut, founder of Africa Femmes Performantes, which will hold its second International Congress of Black Women in Paris this spring, came from Paris to attend the event.
Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support — over 2,000 projects and millions of beneficiaries —to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, DC, with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.