In commemoration of the International Day for Older People on September 30th, 2023, the Residential Elderly Care Foundation, in collaboration with their partners facilitated a heartwarming event that left over 200 elderly citizens from four different communities in Freetown with smiles on their faces.
The event, held at the Municipal Secondary School on Ferry Junction saw the distribution of Kremela Milk, a product of Premium Divine Trading, along with free medical support provided by the 34 Military Hospital.
The Deputy Executive Director of the Residential Elderly Care Foundation, Teiwoh Momoh Mansaray, conveyed the Foundation’s long-standing tradition of celebrating with the elderly and expressed their primary aim to bring joy to their lives. He emphasized the importance of recognizing the elderly and ensuring they do not feel forgotten.
In a poignant keynote address, Dr. James Mohammad Mallah, the Deputy Director of Policy and Planning at NCRA, shed light on the vital role played by senior citizens in our society. He underscored this year’s theme, “Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World,” and emphasized the need for elderly individuals to adapt to the digitalization that has transformed our ways of life.
The primary sponsor of this year’s celebration, Premium Divine Trading’s Fawaz Milton Kanu, highlighted the significance of Kremela Milk in maintaining the health and strength of the elderly.
Captain Kargbo, representing the 34 Military Hospital, reassured beneficiaries of the hospital’s ongoing support.
Expressing gratitude to the sponsors, Karifa Thoronka, the Executive Director of the Residential Elderly Care Foundation, acknowledged Premium Divine Trading Company Limited, 34 Military Hospital, and Aureole Insurance Company as the event’s generous sponsors. He also extended appreciation to the Guest Speaker, Noel Kitami Horton, who made a generous donation of 1000 Leones to the Foundation during the event.
The Executive Director concluded by revealing the four communities selected to benefit from the donation – Kanikay Community, Kuntorlor Community, Dwazark Community, and Moa Wharf Community. These communities were chosen based on an assessment survey conducted by the Foundation in August 2023.
One of the beneficiaries, Aminata Kamara, from Kuntolor Community, expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the Foundation, noting the timely nature of the donation during challenging times. She encouraged other organizations and individuals to follow suit in supporting the elderly in need. With tears in her eyes, she demonstrated the impact of the Foundation’s compassionate gesture on the lives of those touched.