Accra, Dec 31, GNA-A 16-year-old Ghanaian based in the United States on Tuesday donated teddy bears worth $ 10,000 to the Children's Ward of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Micheal Bervell, Director of Hugs for Ghana, a non-profit organisation, is an 11th grade student at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, Washington State.
The student said he was inspired to support underprivileged children in schools and hospitals when he and his family visited Ghana and therefore wanted to surprise the children this year with the teddy bears.
Bervell said he saw the state of the hospital and needy school children who could not afford to buy basic learning materials like books and pens.
He said he had formed an organization to raise funds among his colleagues in school where they were encouraged to donate money as little as one dollar a day for one week to help purchase the items for the hospital.
He said Hugs for Ghana was a student-led organization which is dedicated to helping needy children in hospitals, schools, orphanages and other child related services in Ghana.
Its mission is to show love, hope, confidence and warmth to the hearts and lives of children in the country.
He said some teddy bears would also be given to other health institutions including Osu Children Home, Princess Marie Louise Hospital and Eikwe Hospital in the Western Region.
In addition, some basic schools, including Tikobo Basic schools, would be given sports equipment. .
Bervell said his group was planning another project which is titled Kicks for Ghana and under it his group and he would host a football tournament to raise money from some communities to deliver more sporting goods to the needy Ghanaian children in July.
Madam Emma Otoo, Principal Nursing Officer at the Ward, received the equipment on behalf of the Hospital and expressed gratitude to Bervell for his initiative.
She said the children would be happy to receive the toys and also called on other individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the Hospital.