The Foundation of Orthopaedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS), announces that its first-ever fundraising event in Ghana comes of at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel on May, 13.
Proceeds from the event will go into the FOCOS Endowment Fund to support needy children who require surgery as well as to equip the paediatric ward and multi-purpose classroom and activity centre for children.
For over a decade, FOCOS has been supporting children who would have otherwise remained stigmatized, isolated and even died from various degrees of spine deformities across Africa.
With the support of philanthropists over the world, FOCOS has fully sponsored and carried out life-saving surgeries on at least 500 children with the selfless leadership of Prof. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, the internationally acclaimed Spine Surgeon, who is also the Founder and current President of FOCOS.
Since 1998, Prof. Boachie-Adjei and his team of FOCOS volunteers have completed hundreds of complex spine surgeries and joint replacement surgeries on adult and pediatric patients from Ghana and all over the world.
“In the past, individuals and organizations outside Ghana like FOCOS USA, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC), Africa Surgery Inc. and others, have supported many children undergo life-changing surgeries,” said Prof Oheneba Boachie-Adjei.
According to the CEO and Founder, without these surgeries, the life expectancies of these children would have been about 20 to 30 years. “The spine is a vital organ to the human system and children who have defects with their spine cannot engage in sporting activities and normally do not live long if the right attention is not given to them in time,” he added.
The top world-renowned surgeon calls on individuals, NGOs and corporate organizations to support the worthy cause. “I entreat corporate groups, individual philanthropists and foundations to give a child the chance to live a normal life and live longer to contribute their quota to society,” Prof. Boachie-Adjei has said.
In the past, FOCOS has organized fundraising events in the US and Hong Kong to assist many Ghanaian and African children whose families could not afford their surgeries.
The target for the fundraising event in Ghana is GHS5,000,000. So far organizations like Newmont Ghana, Glico, Latex Foam, House of Saphori, Touchpoint Magna Carta, Team 1000 words, Multimedia and Mantrac Ghana have made donations towards the worthy cause.
Dignitaries like former presidents Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kufuor have agreed to support the occasion.
The public can contribute towards the fundraising by either buying tickets to the event at 600 GHC for one or 1000 GHC for two or call 020-0000856/ 020319040.
Alternatively, the public can contribute to the Foundation for Orthopaedics and Complex Spine through the Universal Merchant Bank number 000020100141612, North Ridge branch.