The Accra West Rotary Club has organized its annual Christmas and New Year party for children with special needs, encouraging them to pursue great heights and urging society to tap into their hidden talents.
The event, held at Yire Lodge, University of Ghana, Legon, brought together children from New Horizon Special School, Cantonments-Accra; Osu Children's Home; Dzorwulu Special School, Accra; Demonstration School for the Blind at Akuapem-Akropong in the Eastern Region; and Mampong Special School in the Ashanti Region.
Mrs Mercy Araba Sika Tobbin, Executive Director of the Tobinco Group, a pharmaceutical conglomerate, delivered a message of hope to the children.
Lady Pastor Pathula Kwaw-Ntoso, Executive Director of Beautiful Life Foundation, conveyed Mrs. Tobbin's message, emphasizing that there is a lot within the children that the world is waiting to explore.
Referring to Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, who has autism, Mrs Tobbin highlighted that there is hope for children with special needs.
She emphasized that their inborn and natural talents could be harnessed for personal, corporate, and national prosperity.
The children, dressed nicely and adorned with Santa hats, enjoyed a festive atmosphere with music, dance, and merry-making.
The Rotary Club also donated undisclosed amounts of cash to each of the schools.
Dr. Victoria Esinam Assah-Ofei, President-Elect of the Club and a clinical psychologist, assured that the Club would continue to monitor and support the selected schools for children with special needs.
She mentioned ongoing legacy projects, including water initiatives for the benefit of the schools.
Madam Gifty Nartey, Caregiver at Osu Children's Home, appealed for support from individuals and the public, citing needs such as diapers, food items, vehicles, medicines, disinfectants, furniture, textbooks, and other stationery items.
The Osu Children's Home currently cares for 139 children, including babies, toddlers, and teenagers.