Melcom Group of Companies' subsidiary, Melcom Care Foundation, yesterday presented a cheque of undisclosed amount, IHITACHI 42' LED Digital TV for the winner of Development Journalism and Akai 42 LED Digital TV to support this year's Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) award scheduled for August 30, 2014.
According to the Group Communication Director, Mr. Godwin Avenorgbo, the sponsorship package for the 19th GJA award, especially for development Journalism, was to encourage development at rural, district and regional levels. He said Melcom association with the award on Maternal Nutrition was that the organization believes in first tutorials in the journey of life begin with the mother, adding: "a healthy mother whose knowledge in nutrition is of tremendous benefit to the child," Mr. Avenorgbo.
The GJA president, Dr. Alfred Monney, thanked the Melcom Group for the gesture and said even though there have been reports of professional misconduct on the part of some journalists, it is time to award and honour journalists who have excelled in various areas of endeavours. Meanwhile, the Charity arm of Melcom gave away wheel chairs, crutches and water purifiers to hospitals such as La General Hospital, LEKMA Hospital, Achimota Hospital, Police Hospital and Ridge Hospital, all in Accra.
The donation and sponsorship package were part of the company's Silver jubilee celebration designed to reach out to the society in various forms of charity programmes. Mr. Avenorgbo stated that under the year reveal of 2013/14 Melcom Care Foundation focused its attention on two key areas of national development namely health and education.
He said some health intervention projects Melcom has embarked upon are donation of an ambulance and refurbishment of the maternity ward of the 37 Military Hospital, and wheel chairs, crutches and water purifiers to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).