Golden Star ladies celebrate mothers day


Widows and single mothers who had taken their children through higher education in the Wassa-Akyimpim traditional area have been rewarded by the ladies club of the Golden Star Resources Wassa Limited.
The 20 women, selected from the company’s catchment area received hampers filled with assorted items and undisclosed amount of cash.
Ms Evelyn Gifty Bilson, Chairperson of the Club, said the event was to honour illustrious women in the area who had defied all difficulties to educate their children and see them achieve laurels in their academic pursuit.
She said: “We celebrate you on the occasion of Mother’s Day and encourage you to do more especially for the girl child.”
The ceremony was also to highlight the significant contribution of girls to society when given the needed training skills and education.
There was blood donation exercise and a float through the township by the women in the community and the club members.
Ms Bilson said the Ladies Club, which formed two percent of the workforce of the mines, worked to create a friendlier environment for women to overcome their difficulties.
She said the Club’s objective was to help alleviate the plight of ladies working in the mines as well as offer support to women on issues such as health, entrepreneurship and education.
Other objectives of the club is to encourage rural women within the Mine’s catchment area to become independent and self-sufficient.
Ms Bilson, who is also the Senior Training and Development Officer of Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, said the club had constructed a community clinic at Akyempim and screened over 10,000 women for breast cancer which she noted had saved more than 4,000 lives.
Mr Michael Turkson, Acting General Manager of Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, said the company aspired to be a partner of choice for the host communities and the government.
“It is significant that we celebrate the toils, sacrifices of our mothers this year. Our ladies are demonstrating their motherly love by taking on this laudable project of blood donation” he added.
According to the National Blood Service, 44 per cent of donated blood was from non-remunerated blood donors, whilst the remaining percent came from family or replacement blood donors.
“I thank our ladies for this initiative which is aimed at raising the awareness of our catchment communities on the need to donate blood to save the lives of mothers, babies and everyone who need blood.”
Mrs Erika Coetzer, wife of the Chief Executive Officer of Golden Star Resources Limited, lauded the ladies club for the initiative to influence and challenge the women in the local communities.

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