By Bernice Bessey.
The Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS) has scheduled its second annual fundraising event in Accra to support needy patients requiring complex spine surgery.
GH¢5 million is expected to be raised at the dinner to fund life-changing spinal surgery for 100 Ghanaian children suffering from curvature of the spine.
Addressing the media, the Founder and President of FOCOS, Professor Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, gave the rationale for the foundation’s initiative, saying: “Children with this condition do not develop at the same rate as their peers, as they are unable to sit, stand, or crawl.
“What complicates their condition is that majority of them are isolated or stigmatised, which makes it impossible for them to go to school or perform household chores.”
Prof Boachie-Adjei encouraged Ghanaian organisations and individuals to support their own. Citing the example of Sierra Leone and Ethiopia, he said: “Ethiopian and Sierra Leonean patients have local foundations supporting children with various degree of curvature of the spine. I believe it is time for Ghanaian organisations to take it upon themselves to support their own.”
According to the FOCOS CEO, children living with spinal conditions may lose their lives if they do not get the right attention at the right time.
FOCOS held its maiden fundraising event in Ghana last year at the Mövenpick Ambassador Hotel.
“With the help of some charitable individuals and organisations like Alhaji Asoma Banda, Unibank, Multimedia Group, Duffuor Foundation, Latex Foam, Brussels Airlines, House of Safori, A&C Mall, Team1000words, Acacia Health Insurance, Unique Floral, Newmont Ghana, Niche Cocoa, MANTRAC Ghana, Glico Health Insurance, Touch Point Magna Carta, Donewell Insurance, Metropolitan Insurance, Safety Insurance Brokers, SGSSB, Equity Assurance, Turkish Airlines, De’lish Restaurant, as well as other benevolent individuals, some children underwent life-changing surgeries,” the Administrative Manager, Vivian Quarshie-Kumassa, said.
After last year’s event, four patients have successfully undergone life-changing surgeries.
The public can contribute to the FOCOS Endowment Fund through the UniBank account: 0211311006781, World Trade Centre Branch, Accra.
Alternatively, one can contribute towards the fundraising by buying tickets to attend the event at GH¢600 for one, or GH¢1,000 for two.
Members of the general public can support the worthy cause by purchasing tickets at the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in Pantang, Adenta, or by calling 020-0000856/ 0501436884 for tickets.