Miss Sophia Yaa Minkah-Premo, a former student of S.O.S Herman Gmeiner International College in Ghana, yesterday received a cheque for US $1,000 from the Zonta Club of Accra II in support of her campaign for the Sickle Cell Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
Miss Minka-Premo, 18, currently studying Economics at the British Columbia University in Canada, is the 2016 winner of District 18 Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA), organised by Zonta International Foundation.
The YWPA encourages young women to participate in public affairs by volunteerism, and a dedication to empowering women through service and advocacy.
Presenting the cheque, the Governor of District 18, Anne-Marie French Cudjoe, advised her not to relent in her effort, but strive for excellence in the pursuit of higher academic goals.
“I am very proud of your accomplishment and I hope you keep the spirit high,” she urged.
Later in an interview with The Ghanaian Times, the president of Zonta Club of Accra II, Rachel Baddoo said, Zonta International acknowledged the work and contributions of individuals who impact communities and improve the wellbeing of others.
She said the club had been impactful and touched the lives of many, adding that the club had embarked on an initiative dubbed: Project 2021 which aimed to mentor and sponsor 15 girls from primary school to Junior High School.
Receiving the cheque, Miss Minka-Premo thanked the club for acknowledging her efforts, assuring that “the best is yet to come”.
Students who intend to apply for Zonta’s awards could do so by demonstrating project(s) they undertook in their community or in any field which culminates in the upliftment and wellbeing of people, particularly the less-privileged.
By Malik Sullemana