More than 300 inhabitants of the Sakumono Village in the Tema Metropolis last Saturday benefited from a health screening and donation exercise organised by the Sakumono branch of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall, a Catholic-friendly society.
Council 89 of the Knights of Marshall and Court 85 of the Ladies of Marshall sponsored the exercise.
The residents, made up of children, men, women and the aged, were screened for eye, ear and mouth diseases as well as malaria, blood pressure and sugar level testing, among other diagnoses.
Doctors were also on hand to provide medical advice for participants on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
The fun-packed event was also used to donate educational materials, such as exercise books, pencils, pens and erasers, to children. The participants were also feted with variety of food and drinks.
Prior to the start of the screening, members of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall visited the community to sensitise the inhabitants to keeping their environment clean and also to encourage them to participate in the health screening exercise.
Charity begins at home
In an interview, the Grand Knight of Council 89 of the Knights of Marshall, Bro. Patrick Ato Ashun, said the exercise was part of the group’s annual charity event which was founded on its motto, “Unity, Charity, Fraternity and Service’’.
The organisation, he said, used to perform the charity event in many deprived areas in the Volta, Eastern and Central regions, but decided to focus on the Sakumono area where the group was located.
“This year, we said charity begins at home, and, therefore, decided to feed, screen, motivate and show love to the school children, the youth and those deprived in the area where we find ourselves,” he said.
Bro. Ashun urged all Marshallans and Catholics in general to use the period of Lent — a time of prayer, fasting and alms giving — to get “spiritually rejuvenated and overcome all the trappings of the world”.
“We should go into our spiritual closet and carry on with the works of the Lord because this is the time that the Saviour Jesus Christ was crucified,” he added.
For her part, the Noble Lady of Court 85 of the Ladies of Marshall, Sis. Dr Ivy Abu, said the vision of the organisation was to bring relief to the underprivileged in line with God’s teachings.