By Bampia Bundu
The Milton Margai School for the Blind has received a big boost from two Sierra Leonean philanthropists based in the United Kingdom. The presentation was made on November 4 this year at the school conference hall, Wilkinson Road in Freetown.
Presenting the gifts to the beneficiaries, Major Samuel Moody, noted that in 2008 the philanthropists, Diana Williams and Beatrice Sesay, were opportune to witness a performance by the Blind School Choir at the Ebenezer Methodist Church and they were so thrilled that they decided to reach out to the school and see how best they could help with some of their urgent needs.
He stated that in 2011 they visited the school to acquaint themselves with the Principal and pupils where they undertook a conducted tour of the school facilities and were able to identify some possible areas where they could help.
Major Moody also stated that when Diana Williams returned to the United Kingdom, she galvanized support from her friends and loved ones so as to ensure that they come up with items that they will send for the school in Freetown.
He confirmed that they were able to secure three barrels full of assorted materials ranging from brails, used clothing, paste and tooth brushes, shoes, sneakers, belts, and a host of other materials mainly used by blind people.
He encouraged the school authorities to take good care of the items as they are meant purposely for the children, and encouraged the children to continue learning until they achieve their dreams.
Receiving the gifts, the Principal of Blind School, Mr. Albert J. Sandy, commended the philanthropists for considering them and for providing them with such wonderful gifts.
He noted that they were touched to learn that it was as a result of their performance that prompted this donation.
He also stated that they appreciate the transparent method in which the gifts were presented by Major Moody and hoped to continue to enjoy a smooth relationship with the donors.
He also stated that the school teaches music and education and that they have produced a lot of national musical stars and educationists.