Banjul North councillor, Standard Chartered give food packages to EFSTH

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Banjul North Councilor Aziz Dabakh Gaye and Standard Chartered Bank have extended generosity to the country’s main referrals hospital- Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital.

The move, which saw the distribution of food items, is part of giving back to the country.

Councilor Gaye said the drive was geared towards providing Iftar to patients in the country’s main referral hospital.

Several volunteers turned out to assist in distributing the food packages as part of an initiative Mr. Gaye took as a city Councillor with the support of their major partners, Standard Chartered Bank.

“This is geared towards feeding numerous deserving patients and their families as well as creating a warm environment at the hospital where the community would break their fast with the staff and patients’ families,” Councilor Gaye said at the distribution.

The move, he said, has became more of a reality with the support of people that participated by donating, pledging, sharing posts and supporting volunteers from the communities on the ground in the preparations.

“Thanks for putting up with our numerous (probably more than you cared to see) Facebook and WhatsApp posts about the drive. We won’t apologize because we believe that the patients and their families in our hospitals are worth it. The fund raised during this food distribution drive helped us to serve up to 20 wards totals to about 300 or more patients and staff of the hospital.”

Passionate about making a difference, Mr. Gaye said Standard Chartered Bank committed time and effort outside of its working hours to partner with the community in providing more than 200 packages of meals as well as bringing their staff to the hospital to assist in the distribution drive.

He thanked The Gambia Red Cross Society Banjul Branch team led by Issa Ibn Abass Ndoye for joining them with more than 15 volunteers, who assisted them in serving the meal.

“To all my fellow Councillors in Banjul as well as the Kanifing Municipality that either showed up or donated towards this cause, it is very much appreciated. We also say a big thanks to the NAM for Banjul Central, Hon. Muhammed Ndow for assisting in making this initiative a success as well as joining us in distributing the packages.”