During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how ordinary acts of kindness have had extraordinary effects around the world. One such act of kindness was a volunteer day mobilized in Ghana by one of our own, Franchesca Beverly Apeagyei.
Franchesca has always been involved with charity work from a young age. “Anytime school was in recess for the summer, I would go to a children’s home to volunteer my time,” she notes. It’s this dedication that makes her a force to be reckoned with. Franchesca further explains that, to her, charity is a way to share blessings that God has freely given her,
“Charity provides a window of hope to those who feel lonely and I always feel the need and urgency to bridge that gap. I began to act instead of waiting for the government or an entity to ‘sprinkle some magic dust’.”
As COVID-19 cases continue to rise and the loss of loved ones become a reality, we would be hard pressed not to acknowledge that this virus sees no colour, creed or age – we are all in this together. We have a responsibility to ourselves and the greater good to do everything we can. Franchesca points out, “People weren’t careless; they didn’t attract the illness – COVID-19 caught them off guard and shortened their life journey without apology.” And with this very sentiment she decided – along with her team – to help in any way they can.
As they readied themselves for a day of giving back, the team’s excitement was palpable and evident by the smiles and delight on people’s faces ready to make an impact. Leveraging off their enthusiasm, together they raised $1,000 USD for the largest Coronavirus treatment centre in the community.
This was their first of many volunteer days and through their hard work, they were able to deliver over 3000 pieces of crucial supplies to the COVID-19 treatment centre, including face masks, gloves, thermometers, disposable aprons and more. It was a roaring success and incredible reminder of how giving back can help us create light and joy in seemingly dark times.