Accra, July 26, GNA - Newmont Ghana on Thursday donated a vehicle and a cash of GH¢120,000 through the company's “Workplace Giving Program” to the United Way Ghana (UWG), a local non-governmental organization (NGO) to further its work in supporting the underprivileged.
Newmont's Workplace Giving Program also known as “Boa Me Na Me MmoaWo” is an effective philanthropic initiative that offers opportunity for employees and Newmont to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged in society through small but simple and regular voluntary contributions.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Accra, Regional Vice President, Human Resources of Newmont, Dave Kern said the donation was to help spur on the UWG to achieve greater levels of impact in the lives of the underprivileged.
"As a continuous demonstration of leadership in corporate social responsibility, we are making a formal presentation of our 2011 Workplace Giving Program contributions of GH¢120,000, made up of our employees' contribution of GH¢60,000 and our company's equal match-up of GH¢60,000 and a vehicle to help you undertake various projects in the charities our employees have chosen to support”, Dave Kern said.
The Vice President reiterated that through Newmont's partnership with UWG, which dated back to 2006 when the company started operations in Ghana, its employees had touched a lot of lives through initiatives such as “Day of Caring” and “Workplace Giving Programs”.
He said Newmont's three-year 0,000 startup support to the UWG had contributed significantly to the growth of the NGO's “Day of Caring Program” which now attracted the participation of over 30 corporate organizations annually.
“Through the “Day of Caring” and “Workplace Giving” programmes, Newmont employees have contributed over GH¢230,000 and 3,000 man hours to support charities and undertake social responsibility activities in its communities.
Newmont has so far supported charities such as the Akropong School for the Blind, Mums Love Orphanage in Sunyani, Help Age Ghana and the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and others.
“Newmont will continue to embark on these and other partnerships that ensure sustainable development in our communities and the country as a whole," Mr Kern said and commended employees who participated in the programs.
Receiving the donation, the Executive Director of the UWG, Jonathan Akuamoah thanked Newmont for the support, saying “Newmont has been our backbone in this charity work and we are most grateful to them”.
Jonathan Akuamoah said his outfit had been relying on the staffs personal means of transport in executing projects, which made their work difficult. “This vehicle and cash donated to us will really make our programs more effective and also help us extend help to more needy persons”.
A Governing Council Member of the UWG, Dr. Juliet Tuakli commended the management and employees of Newmont Ghana for their efforts in supporting the NGO.
She said her outfit would continue to engage Newmont through its effective partnership programs.