29 November 2012

Gambia: President Jammeh Calls for Positive Response to JFP Gala Dinner

The president of the Republic and founder of the Jammeh Foundation for Peace (JFP) has made a clarion call on all and sundry to respond to the noble course of the Foundation in their forth coming Gala Dinner slated for December 7th, 2012. His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Jammeh made this call Wednesday during an interview at State House ahead of the event.

He said the beneficiaries to JFP are multi-faceted and that been the case, he expects every good hearted Gambian to contribute saying "you don't know who is going to benefit; it could be you or a close relative because the services of JFP are non-discriminatory. It is not determined by religion, tribe or geographical location; it is in the services of humanity. So if you are a good Muslim or Christian and both religions talk about services to humanity- caring and sharing with humanity, I expect that such type of heart to respond to the call".

According to him, even if one is not going to attend, but the objective of the gala dinner is to raise funds. "So your provision of funds is more important than your personal attendance. So I would expect that all good people of God and people that love humanity will contribute and respond to the noble call of the JFP".

Regarding the presence of the performing artiste Sekou Bambino Jobarteh, President Jammeh it is immaterial whether he attends or not but what is important is the objective of the Gala dinner and not who the performing artist is. He said Sekou Bambino Jobarteh is the performing artiste but also Gambian artistes will be there as well saying it is a noble course.

As the founder of the foundation, President Jammehsaid he will personally attend the event stressing thathis attendance should not be a determining factor. "Whether am there or not but people should attend. All I have to tell people is let them contribute to this worthy course. The JFP is predominantly finance by three or two major sources- the Amsterdam-Banjul challenge, myself and the farm. So if you work at the farm, you also indirectly contribute but also you cannot say I work at the farm so I will not contribute. If you work at the farm also, you can contribute" he said.

President Jammeh further revealed that this fund raising event is very important saying the JFP raise funds annually but is not enough because they have a hospital which is the only free medical service in the country that is Bundung Hospital. "You will be surprise that RVTH may not have more out-patients than JFP and I think more babies are born at the JFP than the RVTH. We see more out-patient at JFP than RVTH. Of course there are women groups they help too. So my message to people is it is noble and godly to contribute to such worthy course" he said.

He urged people not to see the event in the context of music, saying it is not a question of music as there cannot be a gala dinner where people sit and look at each other. "I want every young person to come and preparations are ongoing for Sekouba Bambino. Also, it will give opportunity for rising Gambian stars to showcase their talents. Even tourist and other non-Gambians should participate and make it more-lively. He then urged those who take excuses that they wanted to buy tables but are finish, to contribute in the other way, assuring that this year's event will be the best in the whole of 2012/13 as no gala dinner will be more lively and enjoyable than it.

President Jammeh also used the opportunity to thank the president of the Foundation, Board, the fund raising committee, the executive director, staff, Banjul-Amsterdam challenge which is a main source of funding for JFP and the Gambian donors- individually and collectively for continuing to patronise the JFP.

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