“Galvanize for collective goals”
The General Secretary of the Gambia Association of Minnesota, Lamin Gibba, is calling on members of his community to galvanize support for the betterment of the organization. Speaking at a recent time in the Twin Cities, Gibba said, spurring support for the organization will help Gambians achieve a collective goal.
Sec. Gibba said, to realize GAM’s objectives, members need to promote unity and cohesion. In a welcome remark at the organization’s year-end party, Sec. Gibba implored attendees to continue to support the leadership.
He disclosed that GAM is non-religious and non-political, its aims are to support members in Minnesota as well as render assistance to those in need in the Gambia. Projecting that peace exist within his community, Sec. Gibba pointed out, that the organization recently sent two 40-foot containers with textbooks and medical supplies to be distributed at schools and clinics in the Gambia.
For his part, the organization’s outgoing leader, Alkali Yaffa, encouraged members to participate in volunteering. “It takes heart to serve your community and the sacrifice is absolutely necessary,” he emphasized.
Incoming president Lamin Sabally gave a quick synopsis of recent accomplishments made by the group. President Sabally said, last year GAM underwrote the cost of 4 burials, including bailing out a community member for violation of immigration laws within the State of Minnesota. Sabally also revealed, that the group organized a successful community picnic interspersed with soccer a game for kids.
The incoming president acknowledged the proliferation of sub-associations in Minnesota, but supposed that this is due to diversity “Despite our minor differences, all can work well with the Gambian Association in pursuance of our shared goals and objectives,” he concluded.
It can be recalled, that the 2016 new year celebration in Minnesota will go down as one of the most successful events both in terms of attendance, exhibition of African dresses, musical entertainment and donations generated. Most of those who attended the year-end party made this disclosure to President Sabally during and after the occasion.
The year-end party was part of efforts to promote unity through socialization in the Gambian community. Both DJ Bless Jagne and Master of Ceremony, Tuta Fatu Jome, were lauded for a wonderful job of providing high quality assortment of African music and galvanizing patty attendees to dance.
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