Plan International Ghana and Meridian Port Services Limited (MPS) have made donations worth GH¢43,000 to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA).
The donation, which took part at the International Press Center, on Thursday, October 24, forms part of activities to support this year's GJA Awards ceremony slated for November 23.
Plan International Ghana and Meridian Port Services Limited both presented cheques of GH¢18,000 and GH¢25,000 respectively.
In his remarks, Child Protection and Advocacy Specialist at Plan International Ghana, Abubakari Adamu noted that the organization was aware of the media's role in making the voice of the vulnerable in the society to be heard and that, the donation was their own way of honouring the best child rights reporter.
This, he said, would motivate media practitioners in the country to focus on child rights and also help protect the lives of the vulnerable in our societies.
Mr. Adamu also assured that his outfit was committed to supporting media houses and journalists to tackle the unique challenges that confront children, particularly girls in communities.
On his part, the Legal License and Permits Manager for MPS, Frank Ebo Brown commended journalists in the country for their immense contributions towards educating the public and providing information from across the world.
He emphasized that, being an organization that shares same vision with the GJA, the donation is a way of supporting the awards scheme and also to cement the relationship between both organizations.
Receiving the donation, President of the GJA, Dr. Affail Monney, expressed the association's appreciation to both institutions for the kind gesture; assuring that it would go a long way to ensure the success of the awards ceremony.
He stressed that the awards was the pinnacle of achievements any journalist in the country could acquire.
“Once you win, you are at the centre of national and international focus. The quantum of cash which goes with it might be small but the exposure is big and the honor is immeasurable,” he averred.
He therefore encouraged journalists to give more prominence to the awards and urged other corporate bodies to support the occasion to make it successful.