From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
Two of MTN’s Heroes of change in the categories of Social Protection and Economic Empowerment, had each received a cheque for GH¢ 10,000, from the communication company as their prize for contributing to the development of humanity.
Mr. Antwi Barima, the founder of Physically Challenged Action Foundation a non-governmental organization based at Maase near Offinso, which caters for the needs of the physically disability persons, was adjudged as the winner in the category of Social Protection, while Mr. Richard Achumboru from Sandema in the Upper East Region, won the Economic Empowerment category.
Each had a cheque for GH¢ 10, 000 from MTN to support their activities.
The Heroes change initiative by the telecommunication giant , had the main objective to recognize ,celebrate and reward persons (heroes ) whose contributions have been making positive impact on the society especially the on the lives the vulnerable people and deprived communities in order to motivate them to do more.
Mr. James Bukari Basintale, the General Manager of the company in charge of the Northern Business District, in a brief remark to present the cheque to the winners, commended them for their selfless service to their communities.
He believed that their recognition by MTN, would spur them on to do more.
“We congratulate and encourage you to do more for your communities as more people are likely to follow your suit to transform the lives of the vulnerable ones’’ he stressed.
He said, MTN had fulfilled its promise to the winners for each category where the winners were selected from over six hundred nominees.
The over all winner in the heroes of change competition, Dr. Denkyira, took home a cash amount of GH¢50, 000.
Mr. Antwi Barima, after receiving the cheque, expressed his profound gratitude to MTN for recognizing his efforts, which was geared towards the wellbeing of the physically challenged persons.
He revealed that his centre, since its inception had trained a number of physically challenged persons with employable skills and equipped them with start up tools.
He disclosed that currently the home is housing 120 students, who are undergoing different training, aside their circular education.
Mr. Antwi Batima, appealed to the state, NGOs, corporate organizations and individuals, who are well to do to assist him to acquire a mini- bus
to help in the smooth running of the home.