The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) Global Alumni has donated an amount of GH¢63,145 to a retired admissions officer of the school, Kingsley Asare, to help him offset his wife's medical bills.
His wife, Joyce Asare, has been diagnosed of cervical myeloradiculopathy, a condition that causes dysfunction of the cervical spinal cord nerve root, and needs GH¢82,000 to undergo treatment.
The gesture was to reciprocate the fatherly love and care Mr Asare showed them during their time in the school.
The group has also pledged to raise the remaining amount to foot the full medical bill for the treatment in due course.
While presenting the amount to Mr Asare on the school premises in Accra, the Global Alumni President, Francis Dadzie, recounted that Mr Asare joined the school in 1984 as an Administrative Assistant who was responsible for student admission.
He recalled how helpful Mr Asare was to students year in, year out until he retired in 2018.
“He was so helpful to us during our time in the school; most of us would not have gained admission or completed this school if not for his help. So when he approached us with his challenge, we also thought it wise that it was the best time to also return the favour,” he said.
“We are ready to pay for the full cost of the treatment, but we decided that it was prudent that we make the half payment for the treatment to begin while we raise the remaining amount,” Mr Dadzie added.
Activities of the alumni
Mr Dadzie further commended all those who contributed to making the donation possible and entreated others who had not yet done so to do same when called upon.
He said the Global Alumni, over the years, had been extending a helping hand to its stakeholders ranging from its members, lecturers, staff of the university and the general public.
Some of the initiatives undertaken by the group, he said, included sponsorship of academic prizes, establishment of an endowment fund, as well as supporting needy students.
Mr Asare, who could not control his joy, expressed his profound gratitude to the group for coming to his aid.
He said all hopes were lost when he first got to know about his wife’s condition and the amount needed for treatment.
Mr Asare said he tried every effort and combed everywhere he could to try and raise that amount, but all proved futile until he decided to lay his problem to the leadership of the alumni.
“On behalf of my wife and my family, we appreciate what the association has done for us. This rarely happens and I never expected that I was going to get such huge support. I thank them and I pray that whatever they contribute will be replaced ten-fold,” he said.