Golden Star award mothers
Golden Star Ladies Club has presented awards to some women in the eight communities in which the mine operates as part of mother’s day celebration at Akyempim in the Western Region.
The award, which is on the theme “the precious gift to mankind is the mother’s love” is to encourage women in the catchment area who have and still continues to further the education of their children to the tertiary level despite the challenges to continue.
Also, it is to promote girl-child education in the mine and beyond for them to take up responsible position within the society and the country as a whole.
Madam Evelyn Gifty Bilson, Chairperson of Golden Star Ladies Club said this during the presentation of awards which coincided with a health screening and a walk as well as a massive blood donation exercise to fill the Tarkwa Government Hospital Blood Bank.
She explained that the awards, is to urge women to become independent and self sufficient – our objective is to support to alleviate the plight of ladies working in the mine as well as offer support to women on issues such as health, entrepreneurship and education.
“The club was established in 2010 by women employees of Golden Star Resources –membership is compulsory for all women working in the mine, we constitute about two per cent of the total workforce population in the mine” she said.
According to Madam Bilson, who is also the Senior Training and Development Officer of Golden Star (Wassa) Limited, the club has initiated the construction of a community clinic at Akyempim and screened over 10,000 women for breast cancer and have saved potentially over 4,000 lives.
She indicated that the club, has donated stationary to schools within the catchment area to promote effective teaching and learning, pep talks on health and career guidance among others.
Mr. Michael Turkson, Acting General Manager of Golden Star (Wassa) Limited said the company; aspire to be a partner of choice for host communities and government.
“We are deeply committed to our corporate social responsibility in our catchment area – the women’s club have now become the instrumental to reach the women in our area aside our community relations team” he said.
“It is significant that we celebrate the toils, sacrifices of our mothers this year, our ladies are demonstrating their motherly love by taking on this laudable project of blood donation” he added.
He said according to the National Blood Service, 44% of donated blood comes from non remunerated blood donors, whilst the remaining percent comes from family or replacement blood donors.
He stated that it is the desire of the National Blood Service that the country achieves 100% voluntary blood donation - I thank our ladies for this initiative which is aimed at raising the awareness of our catchment communities on the need to donate blood to save mothers, babies and everyone who needs it.