A big boost for Gambian Schools, villages
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The dream of helping to transform the lives of vulnerable people in The Gambia by a British philanthropist came to be a reality last Monday.
Dot Priestley, a philanthropist from Derbyshire, UK distributed a 40fit container full to capacity with items such as secondhand cloths, bicycles, TVs, computers, furniture, stationery and footballs among other items. The donation was made to different schools and villages in the country. The presentation ceremony was held at the Jakarlo along Senegambia road in Kololi.
Speaking to reporters shortly after the presentation ceremony Madam Dot paid tribute to all those who help to see her dream come true. “ I initiated it but couldn’t do it without the support of people back home” she said.
Dot, a retiree from Castle View in Hatton, is a regular visitor to The Gambia and has spent a significant period of time collecting hundreds of toys and the other items mentioned above. This of course was made possible through the instrumentality of her daughter Mrs. Lynn Board a head teacher at Kniveton Primary school in UK and Mrs. Sue Cartwdge also a Teacher at said school along with several others.
“I am very excited, this is the fulfillment of my dream to make Gambian people happy” she said.
She however lamented some of the problems that she was not expecting when she was ask to pay a huge sum of money at the ports even though the gifts are meant for charity.
Among the beneficiaries are Gambia College and Bullock Bakoteh schools.
Author: By Nfamara Jawneh
Source: The Point