Dutch philanthropist gives to Gambia Scout Bands

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Dutch philanthropist, Father Loek Struick recently presented musical instruments to five scout bands in the country through the Gambia Scout Association.

Speaking at the presentation held at Marie Manga’s residence near Akkwa Suites in Kerr Sereign, Mr Loek said he first read much about the Gambia in 1969 and visited the country in 1997 where he came to know about the Gambia Scout Band.

He said he developed interest in supporting The Gambia in the year 2000, adding that the instrument was meant for Scount bands in Sanyang, Tallinding, Bijilo, Basse and Gunjur.

He explained that the donation was the 17th in a row of consignments, adding that this was his 41st visit to The Gambia in 21 years.

According to him, the donated musical instruments included 41 red and black ski jackets,  45 white shirts, 23 red cloths for music teachers (50 x 106 cm),  11 red T-shirts, 26 red neckties, 15 drums (parade + flat), 4 saxophones, 8 clarinets, 1 box containing various small instruments, 5 trumpets,  concert pianos, 3 music standards, 2 trombones, 1  standard drum , 4 harnesses for drums, , 1 large standard chrome among other music materials.

The Chief Scout of the Gambia Scout Association, Abubacarr Krubally, in his remarks, thanked Father Loek for the gesture, noting that without his long and continuous intervention, operations of the scout bands in the country would have been difficult.

He disclosed that there was no existing scout band in the country today that has not benefited from the instruments the philanthropist donated.

“I call on the national bands; Police Band and Army Band to support the Scout Bands as the young people from these bands are absorbed by them.”

Chief Krubally also urged the beneficiary bands to make the best use of the materials, advising them to donate any excess instruments to other scout bands in need.

Janko Jallow, Public Relations Officer for Western Region Scouts and the Band Master for Sanyang Scout Band, also commended Father Loek for his long unwavering support.

“We have been beneficiaries of his support in the form of footballs and other sporting gears among others for years now,” he said.

He said the support has gone a long way in boosting the morals of Scouts, divulging that the female Drum Major of the Police Band was from Sanyang Scout band.

On his part, Lamin K. Cham, council member of the Gambia Scout Association thanked Loek for the donated materials, saying the support was a great source of gladness to the association.

For many years he has been actively involved in stretching his benevolent hands to The Gambia.

 His efforts and resources have been invested in the supporting and developing of musical bands not only for the Scout Band but also The Gambia Police Band as well as the Gambia Army Band.

Author: Babucarr Ceesay