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Pageant News 6 April 2008

Pageant has received news from Mr Opesan Gabriel Kenny, the Director of the Foundation for Disabled People in Banjul. This is about the handing-over ceremony for the 16 wheelchairs built for the disabled students with the money from the Mayor of Haslemere's fund. Gabriel writes:

"I am highly pleased with great pleasure to inform you that the wheel chairs would be released to the beneficiaries on Tuesday 8 April 2008. The little delay is because we want the Mayor of Banjul to attend the program but he travelled out for three weeks. The following people will be present at the handling over:

  1. VSO Director.

  2. Director of social welfare.

  3. Leaders of disabled institutions in the Gambia.

  4. All Press Institutions.

I hope is going to be a remarkable day."

Update 9 April 2008

Gabriel sent us the following update and photos of the handover ceremony on 8 April:

"Thanks for your support to my organisation. Yesterday's program was very interesting and the attendance was good. Ann Keating represented Pageant and made a good speech. All the national newspapers were in attendance and the national television came to cover it. This was good publicity. We look forward to further support, most importantly for the education of disabled students. Thanks once again."

the high table

street scene outside the FfDP workshop

the high table

street scene outside the FfDP workshop

High Table, left to right:

  • Kandeh Batch (standing) - Director of a charitable organisation in Central Region. He came to represent the disabled students he is supporting.

  • Ann Keating - Pageant member, and organiser for Pageant North.

  • Opesan Gabriel - Director FfDP

  • Baboucarr Bah - Field Officer (Province)

  • Sainabou Ceesay  - Secretary FfDP

Mr. Gabriel Jarju, representative of the Social Welfare Department, left before this photo was taken.

Street scene, left to right standing: Ann Keating, Wandifa, Meg Atkinson and Baboucarr Bah.

See the report in the Gambian Newspaper, the Daily Observer.

Find out more about how the money was raised by Brian Howard, Mayor of Haslemere in May 2006.

Pageant is a UK Charity - Registered No 1093963

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