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03.11.2007 General News



Concerned Artistes for Disaster Relief (CADRE) has announced sponsorships in support of efforts to raise both awareness and funds for victims of the recent floods in parts of Ghana.

Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas gave the venture a much-needed boost when he made an early pledge of Gh¢25,000 in support of the upcoming “Reach Out Ghana” telethon, a “marathon” televised fundraiser. In addition the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) has donated Gh¢10,000 in cash.

Such early commitments of unequivocal support are critical to ensuring the success of any major fundraising or developmental effort. It is in recognition of this that CADRE is especially grateful to all donors who are coming on board boldly and nobly to assist in this emergency effort.

While still awaiting full details of sponsorship packets from all the cellular service providers in the country, CADRE has disclosed that Kasapa has confirmed that its sponsorship package consists of a waiver of all its customary administration fees and charges plus a cash donation of Gh¢5,000. In addition, Kasapa is donating equipment to be used in the telethon and personnel to assist in the conduct of the historic event.

In a related development, Textghana Ltd. and Mobile Content.Com, mobile service aggregators, have pledged to waive all of their usual commissions and charges in connection with supportive text messages sent via the “1957” short code. These waivers are especially important as we the donating public is assured that using texting as the means of delivering their donations will not result in an inadvertent windfall to any unintended beneficiaries.

The accounting giant, Deloitte, is serving, pro bono publico, as the auditors of all income generated in the course of the outreach and is responsible for ensuring a high degree of transparency and accountability for all funds and goods received and disbursed.

CADRE is calling on all socially-conscious individuals to come to the aid of the disaster-stricken sisters and brothers in this their hour of need. Ghana's first ever telethon on GTV, the television sponsor has made the broadcast possible by providing free airtime over 2 consecutive days as well as related production services.

This unprecedented event will air live only on GTV on 3 & 4 November as follows: Saturday, 9pm-1am, & Sunday, 7pm-1am. The telecast will take the variety show format, and the line-up of artists and celebrities led by Kojo Antwi, KSM, David Dontoh, Azumah Nelson, Dr. Mensa-Otabil and many others will ensure that this will be a memorable and not-to-be-missed event.