Last week Thursday at the British Council in Accra, the Leukaemia Project Foundation, a Non – Governmental Organization set up between 2008 and 2009, officially launched their maiden art and photo competition dubbed ‘Cells in Colour’ with the major goal of soliciting support for the resourcing and the promotion of an interactive Leukaemia education, information and communication centre in Accra. This initiative is part of their continuous efforts to raise awareness and provide support for persons, particularly children, diagnosed with Leukaemia and other blood related cancers.The Leukemia Art and Photo Competition is under the theme, ‘Hope Beats Fear’. The organizers of the competition stated that the theme was chosen to carry their message underlining the main objective for the competition. “We believe that in every situation, whether good or bad, happy or sad, one must look at it with hope and never go e up fighting. ‘Hope beats Fear’ was to give hope to cancer patients. The theme will also serve as a guideline for Artists and persons taking part in the competition to be able to express this freedom and positivity in their works”, they added.According to Dr. Baffour Awuah, who spoke on behalf of the Minister of Health, endorsed the Competition. He said that the initiative to give hope to suffering patients through Art is brilliant. ‘I want to congratulate this Organisation for the initiative and creating awareness in creative ways,” he said.He added “I endorse this act of selflessness and charity driven movement, the best anyone suffering from leukemia can ever ask for is hope and support through their journey and so I endorse ‘Cells in Color’ and you have the full support of the Ministry”, he concluded.Also at the launch was CEO of Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC) Kwadwo Antwi, who committed to joining the movement and bringing more creative influencers on board to help spread the word on Leukemia and the Art Competition.LPF Board member Dr. Yvonne Dei (Head of hematology dept., Korle-Bu), gave a short lecture on Leukemia.The President of the Leukaemia Project Foundation, Gerard Hillary Osei Boakye who is also the Group Corporate affairs Manager for Golden Star Resources Ghana, said that aside his strong passion for Art and photography, he came up with the initiative most especially to inspire children with Leukemia to have hope.The Leukaemia Project Foundation believes that ‘Art’ is a form of ‘communication’ and can be used to do more than just decorate and therefore, hopes to indulge very talented artists through the competition and eventually use their works to raise funds for their cause. “As the saying goes, “Art is Life.” We believe that Art does more than just brighten a room. Art speaks to the soul. The aim of the Art and Photo Competition, is to bring together creative individuals to come up with mind – blowing Artwork and Photo representations under a specific theme “Hope beats fear” to raise funds to support Leukaemia patients in Ghana.”Present at the launch was theThe ‘Cells in Colour’ competition is a nationwide competition and is opened to students primary and secondary cycle schools as well as amateur and professional artists and photographers. Participants will be divided into four categories namely, 8 to 12 years old, 13 to 19 years old, Tertiary arts students, and professionals. The deadline for submission of all entries is the 31st of March 2019 after which, a month long exhibition shall be launched and the best works in the respective categories will be awarded. During the exhibition, some of the works will be auctioned to raise funds for the foundation while the best works will be on rotational display at various public places, children’s wards and hospitals around the country as part of efforts to raise awareness of the program. Interested persons can visit www.lpfartex.com for details on the criteria and other relevant information on the competition.The Leukaemia Project Foundation was set up Leukaemia survivor Manish Better and supported by two doctors; Professor Ivy Ekem and Dr. Yvonne Dei. The foundation has as its main goal to set up a permanent Specialist Centre for Leukaemia and Hematology Unit at the Korle – By Teaching Hospital in Ghana in order to reduce the cost and burden on suffering patients and families who otherwise have to fly abroad for better treatment or healthcare. In the past, the foundation has collaborated with the Ghana International School, the Auto Fraternity Blood Donation and other organizations on other charity driven initiatives. LPF also took part in the Millennium Marathon (Africa on the run) in 2016 and made a successful placement in the charity Programme. The foundation is governed by a Council of Trustees chaired by Alahassan Andani; Managing Director of Stanbic Bank (GH).By Jerry Wonder
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