Sandra Abrokwa Owusu-Keyerematen (right) presenting the dummy cheque to Serwaa Quaynor (left)
Tonaton.com, Ghana’s largest online marketplace, has donated GH¢10,000 to the Autism Awareness Care and Training Center in Accra.
The donation was to support the center in providing care to individuals and families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Tonaton.com partnered some of the country’s celebrities to organize a Celebrity Charity Sale to raise money to support the autism awareness care center.
Celebrities such as John Dumelo, Joselyn Dumas, Deborah Vanessa, and Efya made some of their personal items available for sale on Tonaton.com to raise money to support the charity.
Sandra Abrokwa Owusu-Keyerematen, Managing Director of Tonaton.com, who spoke during the presentation of the cheque, said the donation forms part of company’s corporate social responsibility.
She emphasized that part of the total amount was raised through the celebrity sale, stating that the company also added the rest.
Ms Owusu-Keyerematen commended the Autism Center for playing a significant role in taking care of autistic people, promising more support for center.
She said that Tonaton.com will also continue to educate Ghanaians about autism mainly through their social media channels.
“We saw the wish list of the center and we hope that this money will go a long way to help satisfy some of their needs to promote the work of this center,” she added.
Serwaa Quaynor, owner of the Autism Awareness Care and Training Center, expressed appreciation to management of Tonaton.com for the donation, calling on other institutions and corporate bodies to emulate the gesture.
According to her, autism is not a curse or demonic sickness as many perceive, urging Ghanaians to stop discriminating against people suffering from such sickness, stating that early intervention is key to finding cure to the sickness.
Deborah Vanessa, a Ghanaian music celebrity, expressed joy for supporting the center, calling for more support for people suffering from autism.
Autism is a mental condition present from early childhood characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and using language and abstract concepts.
BY Cephas Larbi