The Vegetarian Association of Ghana (VegGhana) says due to the outbreak of Ebola in the sub-region and the subsequent ban on all international conferences by the government for three months, it has decided to postpone the 42 nd International Vegetarian Union (IVU) Vegfest.
Vegfest was expected to take place in Accra from October 1-6 this year.
A statement signed jointly by Dr. Kofi Asare, Chairman of the Planning Committee and Edwin Baffour, PRO said ‘it has received confirmed communication from the IVU that they have reserved the right for Ghana to host the event next year due to unforeseen circumstances.’
Ghana was expected to host the first world vegetarian event in Africa since the inception of the event over 100 years ago.
In light of these developments, the Vegetarian Association of Ghana will be hosting its 9 th Annual Ghana Veg Fest from October 24- 25.
On the 24 th of October, there will be an official launch of this year’s celebration in the company of key stakeholders of health before embarking on a colourful float starting at Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah Circe through the principal streets of Accra to engage the public on the need to lead a healthy lifestyle.
There will be educational seminars, entertainment, exhibitions, great food and family fun in the Efua Sutherland Park on 25 th October.
Dr. Kofi Asare expressed his disappointment at the postponement.
He, however, recognized the need to look at the bigger picture of ensuring public health and safety and conceded that the decision the government has taken is in the best interests of all.
He urged Ghanaians to increase their intake of plant based foods, which would strengthen their immune systems in general and provide better general health.
‘The Vegetarian Association of Ghana would like to acknowledge Ecobank for being a major sponsor of the event and encourages other socially responsible corporations and organisations that are committed to Ghana with healthy citizens to support our noble cause.’
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