No matter how unfortunate their plights are, the Akropong School for the Blind don’t pity themselves as they always remind individuals and companies that pay them a visit that “We do not need sympathy, we need empathy”.
Last Friday, Mr Precious Kweku Senafiawo, the man behind Music Production and Entertainment Firm, Flava Music, was reminded of the above when he paid a visit to the school premises to donate some few items as his social responsibility.
Mr Senafiawo, also the proprietor of Pure City International School, in celebrating one year of the existence of his school, decided to donate to the school.
“As part of our social responsibilities, Flava Music does lots of donations but I’m not just a music producer, I’m also a proprietor and as part of the school’s one year anniversary, we decided to make this presentation at the Akropong School of the Blind.”
“It is not easy being a physically challenged person. It is not an easy thing. As part of our social responsibility, we just do this [donation] every year and anytime I do this, I realise that my soul is always at rest.”
Items donated included 20 bags of rice, 5 gallons of cooking oil, 5 crates of soaps, sugar, toiletries, table top fridge among others, worth GHc7.000. A cheque of GHc1000 was also presented to the school authorities.
He said even though his outfits donated to the 37 Military Hospital and Ridge last year, he believes that the Akropong School for the Blind needs special attention because of their plights.
“Last year, we were at the 37 Military Hospital and Ridge Hospital, but with this particular people, they need help more than any other person because you can just blind fold yourself for just a minute and you will have a feel of what they are passing through, that is the special feeling I have for them.”
Before the donation, the group was taken on a tour of the facilities in the school. This is what got the attention of Flava Music CEO.
“I have been challenged seeing them, talking to them, seeing the activities that go on here; in fact I have been challenged. I’m not sure I will ever in my life ask God why; because if them, they are singing how excellent is God’s name, then me having two eyes, I don’t need to ask God why. I’m challenged; this will go a long way not just to motivate myself, but all of us here.”
Donating to the less privileged in society should not be a thing for only rich people. The man behind Hiplife artistes; Eduworji and Vibz believes that “As human beings, doing this for your fellow human being is one of the best activities.” And he consequently, “urged everybody, if you have it in abundance, just make sure you make it available to the needy.”
By Ebenezer Anangfio