January 16, 2015 By Victoria Saffa
With support from the United Kingdom and Etherington Trust Fund, Chief Komrabai Peter Penfold, through his organisation – Dorothy Springer Trust – has donated assorted foodstuff to the Milton School for the Blind, the Sierra Leone cricket team and Future for Children Sierra Leone.
The donation was part of funds the Trust had set aside for their annual award, but which is used instead to complement the effort of the government in bringing an end to the eight-month-old deadly Ebola outbreak.
Making a statement at the donation ceremony, Rev. Tannie Barbington-Johnson, who chaired the event, observed that many people may have shown concern since the start of the Ebola outbreak, but Komrabai Peter Penfold has again demonstrated his love for the people of Sierra Leone, especially during difficult moments.
He revealed that the erstwhile British High Commissioner to Sierra Leone has been lending support to people with disabilities, and that he was not surprised he has again made the donation to the Blind School, the cricket team and a non-governmental organization, adding that the Trust Fund has recently constructed a church and eight classroom school in Tombo, a fishing village outside Freetown, worth millions of Leones.
While delivering his keynote address, Mr. Penfold said the donation was set aside for their annual award but decided to use it in the fight against the deadly Ebola outbreak in the country.
He revealed that he had told late President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah that the best way to put the horrendous war behind them was for government to pay more attention to people with disabilities.
“I used to visit Sierra Leone three times a year, but as a chief I have realised that I should be with my people in this difficult time, and my association with the Blind School will never end,” he said.
Receiving the goodies, Henry Tucker, a member of the national cricket team, thanked the organisation for their kind gesture, not least during a difficult period in the country’s history.