From Rihard Owusu-Akyaw .
The former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Herbert Mensah, has embarked on philanthropic missions ahead of the anniversary of the May 9 football tragedy, which struck Ghana and Africa 17 years ago, and which left 127 football fans perishing during a match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Kumasi Asante Kotoko at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium in Accra.
As part of the celebration, Mr. Mensah, who was in the company of some of the victims who lost their relatives in the super clash and well-wishers, visited the Central Mosque and the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU) of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, and presented items including boxes of tomato paste, toilet rolls, T-shirts, detergents, bags of rice among others to them.
The gesture is in commemoration of the lost souls and the families who lost their dear ones.
As part of the programme, Mr. Mensah footed a GH¢20,000 medical bill of two kids from Asankrangwa and Wa at the MBU.
Upon a request that the Muslim community was undertaking a project of placing pavement blocks on their ceremonial grounds, Mr. Mensah presented GH¢3,500 for one hundred bags of cement to expedite work on the project
The Ashanti Regional Chief Imam, Chief Sheikh Abdul Hurun Mumin, expressed appreciation for the gesture and said a special prayer, calling on Allah to help and bless Herbert Mensah.
At the MBU, Dr. John Adade Appiah expressed gratitude for the gesture and move by Mr. Mensah to cater for some of the kids who are battling severe caustic soda illness.
Addressing the media at KATH, the former football administrator said they had been celebrating May 9 for the past 17 years, and explained that one of the things they were doing is to help society, especially women and mothers.
He said his movement is supporting a group of people to eke out a living through the soap-making business by supplementing their incomes.
Herbert Mensah disclosed that about GH¢20,000 and GH¢15,000 per child have been spent to save some children.