By Richard Attenkah
Patrons, the Council of Elders, and members of the Emmanuel Association, a group which draws its membership from across a wide spectrum of persons, has inaugurated the Association at a colourful ceremony in Tema last Saturday, at the forecourt of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA).
The membership of the Association is mainly made up of women who ply their trade at the Tema Community One main market, including plantain sellers, professional shoe makers, shoe sellers, businessmen and women, drivers, cassava sellers, civil servants, police officers, tea sellers, and secondhand dealers, among others.
Members from other women groups from inside and outside of the Tema Community One main market, including the Emmanuel Society (yam sellers), Banana & Orange sellers, Abatafoo, Biakoye Kuo, tomato sellers, Akyem Kuo, Peace &Love among others turned up in their numbers to throw their support behind the Association.
Before the inaugural ceremony, the leadership and membership of the Association embarked on a clean-up exercise at the Tema General Hospital (TGH), after which they donated three hospital beds, estimated to cost of GH¢1,500, to the hospital.
From there, they organised a float through the principal streets of Tema, to the venue of the programme.
In his welcome address, a Patron of the Association, Mr. Prince Robert Obeng Mensah, who gave a brief history of the group, said the Association, which was established to take care of the welfare of its members, started with only 12 members in 2003.
“From a humble beginning with 12 members, Emmanuel Association can now boost of about 250 members,” Mr. Mensah echoed.
The Patron hinted that even though the going had not been very easy, they had the vision of purchasing a bus in the near future for commercial purposes, to help them generate the needed income to support their humanitarian duties towards their membership.
The Tema Mantse, who was the Chairman of the occasion, advised members of the Association to keep the spirit and bond that had brought the Association to its present state, and prayed that God grants them understanding and unity to continue to achieve what they had set out to do.
Some members of the Association were presented with gifts for their contributions towards the progress of the Association.
Pix: (left) The President of the Emmanuel Association, Madam Comfort Ofori (right), in a handshake with Mr. Samuel Obeng Mensah, Administrator of the Tema General Hospital (TGH), after the donation