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General News of Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Source: Office of the President

SDGs Advisory Unit at Presidency launches car raffle dubbed ‘Yes to the SDGs’

National SDGs raffle is the first of its kind to be held globally

As part of efforts by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, Cochair
of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Eminent Group of Advocates for the
SDGs to popularise and educate the general public on the Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs Advisory Unit at the Office of the President is organizing a nationwide raffle dubbed “Yes to the SDGs”.

The raffle is an opportunity for learning and will provide a platform for introducing on a grand scale the SDGs as well as educating the general population, students, youth and change-makers in Ghana.

The raffle will be in the form of texting correct responses to SDGs related questions to a specified short code (*713*14#) with weekly prizes and an ultimate prize being a Mahindra KUV Car which has been generously donated by Svani Group Limited.

Central to the raffle will be activation and outreach initiatives to the central and business districts of Accra and selected regions which will further encourage education on the SDGs, promote the values of the Global Goals to the masses, galvanise communities in support of the Goals and foster community cooperation for sustainable impact.

The launch which happened at the premises of TV3 Network had in attendance
representatives of Svani Group Ltd, management of Media General, Gaming
Commission, University of Ghana, Students, Pupils and the General Public.

Speaking at the launch, the Head of the SDGs Advisory Unit and Special Advisor to the President on the SDGs Dr. Eugene Owusu explained that the “National SDGs raffle is a collective effort to popularize the Global Goals and that they are central to our country’s efforts to achieve transformational development and the vision of Ghana beyond aid.”

He reiterated that as a country we are privileged to have our President as CO-Chair of the Eminent Group of Advocates, a group put together at the highest level by the United Nations Secretary General to champion the SDGs. Dr. Owusu commended the presence of the Youth at the launch and asked that they take interest in the SDGs because according to him “the youth have the greatest stake in the SDGs”.

On his part, Mr. Winfred Afful of Media General added that we must use the opportunity the raffle presents to educate ourselves by learning even as we are earning prizes. He explained that learning makes us know and knowledge empowers us to act and have control over our lives and choices.

Other speakers from Svani Group, the Unit, Mobile Content, University of Ghana and DJ Switch all added their voices to the call for action for us to see the SDGs as a common course which need collective actions. They admonished that it is time to act towards the implementation of the SDGs.

The raffle is ably managed by Mobile Content.

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