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British Columbia: Golfers get together for a cause

3 September 2008 at 02:51 | 1122 views

About 110 golfers were at Pitt Meadows Golf and Country club, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday August 25th 2008 to play in a tournament to support FACE- the foundation for African Children’s Education.

FACE is a local charity that sponsors children in primary schools in rural Africa that could otherwise not be able to afford going to school.

Speaking at the dinner banquet after the game, Mr George Piprah one of the founders of the Charity , and also the Honorary Consul General for Ghana,remarked that it was heart warming to see Canadians of all backgrounds gather together to support such a worthy cause in Africa. FACE ,he said, made it possible this year for 142 children aged 6 to 12 to go to school . This year,in March, he said, a group of volunteers went with Mr & Mrs Piprah to Ghana
and visited six different villages, in remote areas, and provided essential school supplies like school uniforms, sandals, pens, pencils, exercise books, textbooks and also lunch allowance to the children.

In all cases, the group met with the parents (many of them single parents and poor) and personally gave them these school supplies.

The students were encouraged to stay in school and as long as they did that, they will be eligible to receive sponsorship next year when FACE returns to Ghana. FACE , he said ,believes that the best way to break the cycle of poverty in Africa for these young children is through education.

At the end of the tournament, the organisers estimated that about $16,000 was raised, 60 per cent more than the amount raised in the inaugural tournament last year. This money, together with individual child sponsor monies will make it possible for over 200 children to be sponsored through the program next year.

For more information about FACE go to www.faceforafrica.com

Photos, top to bottom: Mr Frank Sadanand a Director of FACE presenting the cup and prizes to Mr Allen Bunk, the winner ( best net score) of this year’s tournament, one of the volunteers to Ghana , Ryan Gee, meeeting with a parent and child in Bodoma village in the Ashanti region of Ghana. In the middle is the interpreter, golfers at the tournament pose for the camera and volunteers (from left) Tanis Blomly, Beverley & George Piprah,Robin Wong and Amanda Masih all from the Coquitlam,Port Coquitlam area.

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