Monday, 5 December 2011

Ace actress, radio and TV talk show host, Akumaa Mama Zimbi, has called on Ghanaian celebrities and well-to-do females to develop the habit of giving out their used clothes, shoes and bags to the less-privileged instead of keeping them in wardrobes.
Akumaa, known in private life as Joyce Akumaa Dongotey-Padi, made the passionate call whilst making a donation to the widows in Hikpo in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region.
The over 100 widows, led by the queen-mother of Hikpo, Mama Adawu II, received the clothes from Akumaa Mama Zimbi as their Christmas gifts.
In her speech, Mama Adawu II stated that there was the need for all citizens to support actions that helped to alleviate poverty among women in the society.
She also praised Akumaa Mama Zimbi for her vision of supporting widows and their needy children across the country and also being a true role model for all young women in Ghana.
Akumaa, on the other hand, took the opportunity to encourage the widows to be hard-working and take good care of their children, since the children remained their only hope and future security.
She later inspected the on-going building sited for the corn-mill project for the widows which the Mama Zimbi Foundation (MZF) is funding. It is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.
At the inauguration were various dignitaries including Larry Fenn, a patron of Mama Zimbi Foundation who encouraged the widows to eat balanced diets and exercise regularly. Guests were entertained with traditional music, drumming and dancing by the widows.
Speaking to NEWS-ONE after the donation, Mama Zimbi stated that if all successful women in Africa, especially in Ghana, would give back to their community and sacrifice in empowering vulnerable women in the rural areas, “poverty and diseases would not stay with us in Africa”.
She added, “It is not prudent anymore for most fortunate women, especially our celebrities, to wear clothes, bags and shoes once for a show or an event and hang them in their wardrobes whilst they keep sewing and buying new ones. Why don’t you give them out to the less-privileged ones for more blessings from God?”

Credit: NEWS-ONE



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