Politics of Saturday, 16 June 2012
National Democratic Congress has organized a dinner and Fund raising ceremony to solicit money to support its Heroes Fund launched in 2011.
The funds would assist supporters and loyalists who have encountered misfortunes, incapacitations or other forms of deprivations in the course of their service to the party.
It would also cater for the needs of dependants of victims who have lost their lives while working in the interest of the NDC, as well as non-members of the party in similar situations.
Mr. James Victor Gbeho, Board Chairman of Heroes Fund, noted that since its inception in 2011, the fund had received many applications from party members but has not been able to cater for all because of lack of adequate funds.
He said the Heroes Fund was not a welfare to support all party members who may need but for those who have suffered injuries or lost their lives in the course of fighting for the party.
He said the fund “was not to motivate violence but to demonstrate that the NDC was concerned about the living conditions of people who genuinely incur hardships due to their service to the party
He said within the last five months, the fund have been used to assist members in areas such as payment of medical bills, provision of equipments and assets.
Mr. Gbeho expressed hope that it would engage in the training of victims to gain vocational skills for employment.
He called on all members of the party to contribute to the funds to assist members who have toiled for the party.
The Heroes' Fund, registered as a non-governmental organization, would be governed by a seven-member board of trustees chaired by Ambassador Victor Gbeho. Mr. Kamal Noshie, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, Mr. Kwesi Attah, Mr. Yaw Boamah, Ms Doris Aidoo and Mr. Simon Mawusor would also serve as administrators of the fund.
These individuals would formulate policies, raise funds from both local and international sources and see to its disbursement.
The Board of Trustees is also expected to invest revenues accrued in profitable ventures.**