Ghana's No. 1

John Mensah makes surprise donation orphanage

Published on: 15 July 2010

Ghana deputy skipper John Mensah caused a massively positive stir at the Countryside Orphanage in the sleepy town of  Bawjiase on Wednesday when he donated of about US$3,000 underprivileged children during a surprise visit. In addition to the cash were hundred packets of Tropico fruits drinks from his company Royal Oasis valued at 250 Ghana cedis.

As if that was not enough, the man who spearheaded Ghana's record-equalling quarter-final berth at the South Africa 2010 World Cup donated a seed money of 450 Ghana cedis to six-week old Gifty Mensah who was surprisingly named after him during the short visit.

During the ceremony, the mother of the Home, Madam Emma Yeboah, on behalf of the managers of the orphanage decided to honour the Sunderland defender by giving him the privilege to christen the baby girl after himself and he called her Gifty.

Madam Emma revealed that the abandoned baby was brought to the home prior to the player's visit and management thought it wise to name her after the player due to his massive support for the Home.

Mensah's donation was in fulfilment of a promise made during a similar charity gesture made to the Home on his behalf last year.

It was an emotional moment when the Father of the Home, Capt Joe Yeboah (blind) officially welcomed the Ghanaian international with tears running down his cheeks.

He revealed that since the player got injured last season, he and the staff of the school and the little kids alike never ceased crying to God to heal him and take him to the World Cup to excel as well.

It was on that basis that the old man could not hold back his tears as he prayed for God's protection and guidance for the player in his career till he becomes a legend like Roger Milla or George Oppon Weah.

Mr Yeboah appealed to the player to spread news about the orphanage to the outside world so that individuals and organisations who have the means could also came to the aid of the over 100 kids who are being catered for at the school currently.

John Mensah thanked the officials of the orphanage for the sacrificial work they were doing and encouraged them to keep up the humanitarian service they were rendering to the less-privileged children.

John Mensah was accompanied by his local Manager Antoine Figali, and former Black Stars goalkeeper, George Owu, Kofi Baffoe and Abraham Hayfron.

Meanwhile,  Mensah is planning more donations several outfits across the country before he moves to Europe.

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