The Banjul Hash House Harriers, an organisation based in Germany, Monday gave a cheque for D50, 000 to the Arbeiter- Samariter- Bund Clinic in Dippa kunda for the Face Operation Project. The presentation ceremony was held at the clinic's grounds in Dippa kunda.
Professor Dr. Li, Dr. Siegert, Dr. Godewer and Professor Holzle established the Face Operation Project in 2005. They came to Arbeiter- Samariter- Bund Clinic to perform oral, maxillofacial and reconstructive plastic surgery like operation on tumors, clef palate, skin grafts and contractions among others.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, John Boy, a member of Banjul Hash House Harriers, disclosed that the organisation was formed in 1936 by a group of experts, noting that they are in many countries including The Gambia, where they are called 'The Banjul Hash House Harriers'.
He revealed that their membership is free, but said they each pay a subscription when they attend and also purchase raffle tickets. He added that the money raised from these less minimal expenses are donated to a charity or a deserving family here in The Gambia. Boy also thanked the doctors who have graciously given their time and expertise to help as many people as possible.
For his part, Professor Dr. Lei Li, the leader of the operation team, said they like to give children affected by deformity a new face and to live and improve the quality of their life.
For his part, Ebrima Kanuteh, the accountant at the clinic, thanked the donors and the doctors for the assistance they have been rendering to the clinic. He noted that the project has helpedGambians and non-Gambians alike, adding that the operation would have cost them millions of dalasis to travel overseas.
Kanuteh also revealed that Arbeiter- Samariter-Bund is a registered NGO in The Gambia that was opened in 2002 and based in Dippa Kunda. He said that Arbeiter- Samariter- Bund runs a very effective clinic, which treats approximately 36, 000 patients per year. He added that their main focus is prevention and treatment of malaria with a special focus on malaria during pregnancy and children belowfive years.