Beirut Freedom Lions Club of District 351 in collaboration with Lebanese Community in Ghana have launched a joint project for implanting and distributing free over 100 Ear Aid apparel worth $400,000 to persons with hearing impairment in Ghana.
Beirut Freedom Lions Club of Lebanon is sponsoring 85% of the project and the Lebanese Community and companies in Ghana sponsoring 15%.
First Lady HE Rebecca Akufo-Addo at the launch at the Kenpiski Hotel, Accra on Friday commended the Beirut Lions Club highly for the massive support. She pledged the Rebecca Foundation its continued support for the initiative.
Also at the launch was the Lebanese Ambassador to Ghana, HE Ali Halabi pointed out that the event was of particular importance to him due to the fact that it demonstrates the power of what collaboration and unity could do for humanity.
He said “The gift of hearing is something which most of us have taken for granted. Unfortunately, for these vulnerable ones, this hasn’t been the case. It is therefore a special feeling to witness and feel the happiness on the faces of these unfortunate Ghanaians as they too enjoy God’s wonderful gift of hearing.”
Beirut Freedom Lions Club president Lion Raja Jabbour indicated that his outfit, based in Lebanon has the passion for restoring Hearing Aid and considers it as its main objective.
First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo(L) receiving a Beirut Freedom Lions Club paraphernalia from Lion Raja
He mentioned that the Club’s passion stirred him to approach the Lebanese Ambassador, HE Halabi and the Lebanese Community, hence the gesture.
And touching on statistics regarding hearing impairment he said “ First of all, 75% of males and females that have hearing problems are below 35years, hundreds of needy people as statistically noted by the local hospitals need hearing aid but they cannot afford it, example Korle Bu Hospital has 740 cases of hearing problems that they are helpless and fundless to do.”
The event received support from Interplast, Azar Paints, Radwan Dakmak, Samir Engineering, Marina Mall, Latex Foam and Apollo Cap Ghana Limited.