By Saidou Baldeh
Abubakary Jawara, the CEO of GACH, has distributed bags of rice, sugar and cooking oil worth over D1.8 million to needy Gambians across the country as his organisation’s social corporate social responsibility.
The materials donated include eight motor bikes estimated at D400, 000, seven hundred bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil and bags of sugar.
The Gambia Disable Association, Paralympic committee, Senegalo- Gambia Secretariat, individuals and host of other associations and villages benefitted from the donation.
Addressing the gathering shortly after presenting the materials, Jawara said he is following in his father’s footsteps who was a renowned philanthropist.
“I want the poor households to be able to eat every day, which is why I am donating these food items. I urge other businessmen to emulate these kinds of gestures and support the poor and needy especially in the month of Ramadan,” he said.
Jawara said he has been supporting the needy for years adding that it brings him joy whenever he puts smiles on the faces of the poor and vulnerable.
“I am doing this donation in public not because I want to show off but to encourage others who are even richer than me and have realised how they could fight hunger in this country,” he said.
A former APRC councilor, Ida Ndure said people like Jawara deserve ultimate respect given the number of lives he impacts.
As she advised Jawara to ignore all forms of unnecessary attacks against his person, Ndure urged Gambians to stop caricaturing the great son of this country who has been doing tremendously well.
“The Gambia is really lucky to have a son like Mr Jawara. The gap between the poor iand the rich is huge in this country and it is only through these kinds of gestures that we could put food on the table of those poor families,” she said.
Hagi Drammeh who represented the Paralympic committee expressed profound gratitude to Mr Jawara. “We definitely appreciate this gesture because more often we are left out. We thank you for remembering us,” he said.