By Edmund Mingle
|Mr. Thomas Svanikier (second right) presenting the keys to the |
bus to Mr. Derkyi while other staff of Svani Group and members
of the Choir look on.
Svani Group Limited, a leading automobile and logistics services firm, has donated a 35-seater bus the Winneba Youth Choir in support of the singing group’s operations.
The donation, which formed part of activities marking the silver jubilee anniversary of the company, is aimed addressing the transportation challenge facing the nation’s leading youth choir.
In addition, the presentation of the bus, worth 64,000 dollars, is to demonstrate the company’s commitment to its social responsibility.
Thomas Svanikier, Executive Chairman of Svani Group, which also has subsidiaries in the energy, oil and gas and real estate sectors, presenting the bus at Sakumono on Monday, commended the choir for its outstanding performances across the country.
Describing the choir as “ambassadors of joy,” he said the group was selected as a beneficiary of the company’s anniversary charity programme in acknowledgement of the choir’s effort in providing soothing and quality music for the soul.
“You always sing to comfort people who are in sorrow, and celebrate with people in happy moment,” he said, adding that the donation was to assist the group to do more for the benefit of Ghanaians.
Mr. Svanikier indicated that other beneficiaries of the company’s anniversary charity programme include the Osu Salem and the Osu Girls’ schools where mechanized boreholes and toilet facilities have been provided for the students.
“We are determined in giving to address the true needs of the needy individuals and groups in society,” he said.
Mr. Adusei Derkyi, Chairman of the Winneba Youth Choir, receiving the keys to the bus, thanked the company for the gesture, which he described as “very thoughtful and timely.”
He said the gift provide a high relief for the choir which had been grappling with the challenge of means of transport in conveying the members to and from events.
According to him the high transportation cost was adversely affecting the group, resulting to its inability to honour some invitations.
“Thankfully, this gift will help us to overcome that problem,” he said.
He prayed for God’s guidance and blessings for the company, and promised that the bus would be properly maintained.
Paa John Yamoah, the Choir Master, for his part, said the choir was also marking its silver jubilee this year, adding that the donation was considered as its “best anniversary gift.”