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27.12.2004 Regional News

Disabled Training Centre receives 170 million cedis donation

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Offinso (Ash.), Dec. 27, GNA - The Saint Kilda Road Baptist Church in Dundee, Scotland, has donated a number of items valued over 170 million cedis to the Offinso Training and Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled.

These included 21 computers with printers, a box of computer parts, floppy discs, 62 wheel chairs, 40 plastic chairs and 14 specially designed tables.

The others were two table tennis boards, calculators, pens, books and a file storage cabinet.

Presenting them, Pastor Richard Toller, the Head Pastor said as Christians, they were enjoined by their faith to associate with efforts at supporting the socially disadvantaged to lead comfortable and dignified lives.

"This we believe could be achieved when such people are helped through training, to acquire skills that would make them become economically self-dependent".

Pastor Toller said it was against this background that they felt proud to identify with the Centre and be part of the vision of providing the physically- challenged with employable skills and take them off the streets begging for alms.

Meanwhile, the Management of Asare Farms has also presented 100 fowls, 10 crates of eggs and a cash of 2.2 million cedis towards a Christmas party for trainees at the Centre.

Mr T.F. Asare, the Managing Director of the Farms, noted that the essence of Christmas was about sharing and therefore, it was important to use the period to show more generosity towards the poor and the needy.

Mr Barima Antwi, Field Director of the Centre, said they were grateful for the donations.

He hoped other individuals, organisations and institutions would emulate the example, particularly that of Mr Asare, who he said, has for three years running presented a Christmas package to the Centre. The Centre operates two campuses at Offinso and Nkenkansu and has a total trainee population of 200, who are learning skills in carpentry, leatherworks and shoe making, dress making, livestock and poultry as well as batik, tie and dye.

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