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Covid-19: OCMD donates food items to urban communities

May 18, 2020, 1:42 PM | Article By: Sulayman Waan

The Organisation of Catholic Men for Development (OCMD) has donated 46 bags of 25kg rice, 24 gallons of 5 litters cooking oil and 24 bags of onion to some communities in the West Coast Region and Kanifing Municipality aimed at mitigating the hardship of COVID-19.

Established in 2012, OCMD comprises of about thirty young professionals drawn from all Parishes within the Greater Banjul Area of the Diocese of Banjul. It aims to contribute both financially and materially in the development of Catholic Church in the country.

Presentation of the food item was held at the Catholic Secretariat premises at Westfield.

Vice chairman, Paul C. Mendy hopes that the gesture will help to ease the difficulty that many families are currently encountering in the country. He said providing such humanitarian support is one of their many activity plans for 2020.

Mendy, also head of the coordinating committee for OCMD noted that all the mobilize resources for this intervention were raised from the membership of the organization through donations.

“Our faith teaches us that we should be each other’ keepers and that is exactly what OCMD is demonstrating today just as we have been doing over the years,” he said.

He expressed gratitude to his colleagues in the organization for their benevolence and dedication to support the needy.

Father Anthony Gabisi said the gesture is in accordance with the teachings of Christianity, saying the organization is following exactly the dictates of Jesus Christ. “Intention is what matters in gift. We are doing this because we were asked by Christ to do it,” he said.

Father Gabisi called on all members of the organization to continue the good work they are rendering to mankind, noting that the gesture should be a tradition to ensure that it continues to the younger generation.

Representing the beneficiaries, Simon Suta Mendy expressed gratitude to the benefactor for the gesture, describing it as a humanitarian gesture.

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