The Winner of Miss Sierra Leone Beauty Pageant 2014, Margaret Murray as part of her goodwill gesture and pageantry platform project on Thursday 22nd January 2015 donated food and non-food items to Ebola survivors, orphans, street children and disadvantaged youths.
The ceremony was held at the Community Extension Development Association (CEDA), Fatima Orphanage Home compound at Kwama along the Waterloo-Masiaka Highway in the Western Rural District.
Presenting the items, Margaret Murray encouraged the survivors and orphans not to lose hope as all was not lost. She urged them to use their conditions as trials and to turn them into a triumph story. She said they all have potentials and abilities to make it in life for which they need to be courageous and get focused.
“You are the future leaders of this country, so we need to support you to become the kind of leaders we want you to be,” she stated, noting that they should not feel despaired but to take their situation as a challenge to move on. She appealed to them to judiciously use the items and urged them to always call on her.
|Miss Sierra Leone 2014 Margaret Murray Miss Sierra Leone, Bishop Charles, Team Members & some of the beneficiaries behind some of the donated food stuffs
She also used the forum to appeal to her sponsors, philanthropists and well meaning Sierra Leoneans for more assistance in order to replicate the gesture nationwide.
Receiving the items, the team Leader for the Society of African Missions, Rev. Father Francis Patrikson expressed gratitude to Margaret Murray for the donation. He said the inmates have so long been craving for such assistance. He promised that the items would be used for their intended purposes. He also used the forum to appeal to other kind individuals and institutions to emulate the good work of Miss Margaret Murray in catering for the children.
The Bishop of the Archdiocese of Freetown His Grace Bishop Edward Tamba Charles in his statement, said when he was approached by the Beauty Pageant and her team for his blessing to embark on such project, he knew something good was coming out of it. He said when you challenge the youths they always exceed expectation which has been manifested by the Beauty Pageant and her team.
He prayed that Miss Murray will continue to get the needed support in order to enable her cater for the country’s future leaders as he encouraged her not to relent in her endeavors.
The President of the Catholic Young Adults Fellowship Western Area, Sister Gifty Massaquoi who is also a member of the team said the children are the country’s hope so they must be cared for and ensure that they grow up to be prominent people in the future.
“They must rise to the occasion, take the challenge, and never give up in order to see a prosperous Sierra Leone” he maintained
Statements were also made by the Executive Director of Girls Empowerment Network Mr. Mathew Kanu who also expressed same sentiment to that of Miss Sierra Leone, and heads of Miss Sierra Leone 2014 various committees.
The event was ably chaired by the Archdiocese of Freetown Director of Communication Rev.Fr. John Garrick.
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