Apr 6, 2009, 8:54 AM
Alieu Darboe, national coordinator, speaking at meetings held at the health facility and the Regional Health Directorate Western 2, told the authorities that their visit is in line with their preparedness ahead of the 2015 Bricks-Tone Fiesta.
“Our visit is to inform you about the plan of activities in relation to the Fiesta,’’ he said.
Darboe further noted that since their wish is to promote health for all in the area, it would be prudent to meet with the relevant authorities and brief them.
Dilating on the theme, he said, the 2015 theme is “Celebrating our national heritage and culture to enhance health and development”, and that it is timely as The Gambia just commemorated 50 years of nationhood.
He urged all to join them and raise funds for the facility at the fund-raising show, in which, he said, everyone has a part to play.
Sulayman M.Sanyang, the CEO/founder, in a brief statement, told the meetings that the idea of coming up with the association emanated from love, patriotism and serving humanity as a whole.
According to him, his late father, Landing Kutu Sanyang, always told him that anytime he gets the chance in life, let him share with the people, no matter how small it is.
“It is through his advice that I decided to come up with Badinyaa after consultation with Alieu Darboe, my family and other friends,’’ he said.
Sanyang also stated that since the first year of their existence has elapsed, they are now coming with a new approach; that is, for everyone to get involved and support such a humanitarian gesture gearing to uplift the health status of the people.
Ebou Corr, officer in charge of Brikama major health facility, thanked the delegation for the visit.
“We are very grateful to the association as you indeed helped us with a lot in the past five years,’’ he said.
Corr assured the visiting Badinyaa top brass that their doors are always open, and would work in partnership with the association describing them as a youth group with a difference.
Babucarr Touray, liaison officer between the facility and the association, said their relationship with Badinyaa is more than a just getting support from them. Every month, they would come to the facility to render a cleansing exercise at no cost, as they provide the items needed for the exercise, he said.
Abubacarr Ngally Sambou, regional health director Western 2, hailed the group for their support to the facility.
He added that the government alone could not do it all for the people; so complementing their efforts is indeed a noble gesture.
“Badinyaa has been supporting the Brikama major health facility, and the entire health team in the region and the ministry are very appreciative of them,’’ he said.