The Rotary Club of Sierra Leone yesterday raffled a return air ticket to Brussels which was donated by two Rotarians.
During their weekly meeting, which was also the date for the raffle which took place at the Bank of Sierra Leone Complex, the president of Rotary Club and also managing director of the Rokel Commercial Bank, Henry Macauley, said due to unforeseen circumstances they were not able to hold the draw on the scheduled date which was January 1.
The purpose of the raffle, the president said, was to raise funds for the club as they were engaged in certain developmental activities which included helping sick people and making donations to the old and needy.
In his statement Rene Lako, the country director of Mercy Ship and also a Rotarian, noted that the purpose was not only to have launch and gossip but to engage in other activities and businesses.
Among them, the Rotarian disclosed, they had business people, medical doctors and people in other spheres of the society and that they did contribute to the development of the nation; adding that their overall programme was to model themselves and partner with Rotarians internationally.
The Mercy Ships country director further disclosed that Rotarians in Freetown usually donated funds for projects and that normally this would be topped by Rotary Club.
Talking about the purpose of the raffle, Dr Wright a Rotarian and ENT specialist said that, “our raffle is not a gamble but a fundraising as a way of contributing towards humanity.”
Rotary, he went, had been engaged in lot of assistance projects which included a medical surgery in collaboration with the Indians where 800 people were given free treatment, and that because of the way the treatment went the Indians had proposed to come back to do more surgery.
Revealed further, Dr Wright said they had been engaged in vaccination and that this year they would ensure that all dogs were vaccinated for rabies.
The draw for the star prize was made by the president’s wife, Mrs Macauley, wherein Lewis Johnson of the Rokel Commercial Bank won.
Other prizes won at the draw included weekend for two at the executive suite of Hotel Barmoi, a four hundred thousand Leones account, standing gas cooker, a bag of rice, a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day at the Bamboo Hut, and cooking oil and other prizes donated by A. Yazbec, Hotel Barmoi, Rokel Commercial Bank, the Union Trust Bank and other donors.