Despite difficult challenges faced by organizers of the fundraising program of the FELMAUSA medical mission to Liberia, the heavy downpour of snow in the Twin Cities did not deter supporters from this community endeavor.
As the downpour of snow continues with numerous accidents which resulted in one fatality in Delano, Minnesota, attendees were calling the medical mission officials for direction to get to the fundraising ceremony.
Though it did not gain the level of attraction that many had expected, the medical mission of the Federation of Liberian Mandingo Associations in the USA has generated nearly nine thousand United States dollars ($9,000.00) during its fund raising event at the Miracle Empowerment Center in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
The raised amount includes pledges made by officials of the Minnesota Mandingo Association, MMA and members of other local associations.
According to Yaya Kamara, Deputy Secretary General of the Social Department of the Minnesota Mandingo Association, the Vice President for administration of FELMAUSA, Abraham Fofana pledged four thousand US dollars ($4,000.00) as his own contribution to the Liberian people through the medical mission.
At the same time, Ishmael Komara, Publicity Chairperson of the Minnesota Mandingo Association, pledged two thousand US dollars ($2,000.00), other pledges came from local community members. It is not clear which pledge came first, but they were all met with great enthusiasm.
Amara Kamara, Chairman of the Social Committee of FELMAUSA praised the donors and encouraged others who did not attend the program to follow the examples of these patrons.
The FELMAUSA social department boss blamed the low turnout on deaths in the community; he said “people are connected to one another through different means and as such when there is death in one family, it affects the community, which had an adverse impact of the ceremony,”he concluded.
For his part, President Mohamed Dorley expressed his excitement about how the entire event unfolded, he promised to work with the most powerful Mandingo Association in the United States (FELMAUSA) in promoting its deeds. He said the Minnesota Mandingo Association’s doors are open to whatever that makes FELMAUSA second to none.
It is not safe to say that the fundraising event in Minnesota is the best so far, especially when funds generated during the Philadelphia fundraising event has not been made public, but one thing is certain, Amara Kamara will be proud to present nearly nine thousand United States dollars ($9,000.00) to the FELMAUSA medical mission soon, something that would touch the minds and souls of beneficiaries.
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