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BY J E SOLOMON
Ghanaians in New Jersey, United States, celebrated Christmas with a special fundraising party organized by the United Ghanaians Association of New Jersey on Sunday, December 25.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit flood victims of Accra City in the Greater Accra Region and Birim Valley in the Eastern Region, Ghana.
Mr Kwaku Ntiamoah, a prominent New Jersey lawyer, who made the appeal for funds, urged all Ghanaians in New Jersey to donate generously to help in efforts to alleviate the plight of the flood victims.
He bemoaned the neglect by past governments to do what was necessary to avert the flooding problems of certain areas of Accra that continue to cause deaths, and deprive victims of valuable properties every year.
Reverend Nana Owusu, PRO for the Brong Ahafo Association of New Jersey, who was a co-MC for the occasion, also asked all believers in Christ to reflect on the message of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate selfless love and kindness towards the unfortunate flood victims in Ghana. He reminded believers that any kind act they showed towards the victims would be for Christ’s sake, and referred them to a passage in the Bible.
“If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?’ (1 John 3:17)
The highlight of the occasion was a dancing competition among the youth in which the girls outclassed the boys. As part of the fundraising effort, raffle tickets were sold. The first prize winner went home with a 19-inch LED high definition TV. A decent amount of money was collected during the dance-as-you-donate sessions in which children who could afford as little as a dollar lined up to give their widow’s mites.
Kendra Poku emerged as the well-deserved winner of the dancing competition. Emmanuella Boakye and Afia Asantewaa Obeng placed second and third respectively. Music was provided by Gucci Soundz.