Team Solutionists, a community service team from the University of Cape Coast, have emerged winners of this year’s National Youth Volunteerism & Patriotism Awards.
The award ceremony which took place on Tuesday at the Accra International Conference Center is a joint initiative of the Osei Kusi Foundation and Selfless4Africa Inc, aimed at cultivating in the youth a spirit of volunteerism and community service.
This year’s event which was based on the theme, MOBILISING FOR GHANA’S FUTURE THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM & PATRIOTISM saw 7 teams from 7 universities competing. The competing teams were, Need For Education Foundation Ghana (University of Natural and Energy Resource), Innovators (Bolgatanga Polytechnic), Team Solutionists (University of Cape Coast), Team Ace (University of Health and Allied Sciences), Team Change (Regent University), Team Coded (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology) and Team Flourishing from the University of Ghana.
All seven teams were given 5 minutes each to pitch their ideas for the various community projects they would like to undertake after which they were scaled down to three. Team Ace, Team Change and Team Solutionists made it to the final round.
At the end of the final round, Team Solutionists proved to the judges why their solution of constructing an ultra-modern fish smoking device for the people of Duakro in the Central Region of Ghana was worth the ultimate prize of GH10, 000.
Some individuals were also given special recognition awards in volunteerism and patriotism in Ghana.
Marian Kudjoe, an anti-teenage pregnancy campaigner was awarded for her acts of selflessness and commitment towards developing communities and promoting education in Ghana. Her anti-teenage pregnancy campaign has contributed to the Atiwa District in the Eastern Region dropping from 1st position to 7th position in teenage pregnancy in the Eastern Region. She has also organized training sessions for over 200 young people in soap making and paid for over 300 poor girls to be registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme.
Emmanuel Marfo was also awarded for championing youth philanthropy in Africa. His organization, Global Alliance for Development Foundation (GADeF) has provided technical support and grants for 17 community-based organizations in Ghana to sustain peace and promote development in the Brong Ahafo region. He was also pivotal in convening the African Youth in Philanthropy Network in Tanzania and has worked in collaboration with the UNDP, Hilton Foundation and many organizations in the U.S.A and Mexico to promote philanthropy among youths.
The final recipient of the Special Recognition Award, Selasi Dunyo who was a volunteer of the Osei Kusi Foundation, was awarded for his immense contribution in promoting community service and humanitarianism in Ghana.
WRITER: DESMOND PAPPY TAWIAH
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