October 9 – General Update

I am only one, but still I am one. . . . [I’m trying to clone myself, but between you and me, if there is more than 1 Rick and /or Marj, the world likely would not survive as we know it!]. . . I cannot do everything . . . [but that doesn’t stop me from trying!], but still I can do something . . . [like sleep whether I need it or not]; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse [refuse? Me? Not a chance!] to do something that I can do.”

~ Helen Keller [edited by Marj] ~

 

 

 

Having a blast and trying to stay focussed on today’s tasks on hand for the upcoming KBNF charity fair and corporate luncheon events!!

 

 

 

Our KBNC UBC President, Ash, is working his heart out in the rain selling flowers and encouraging shoppers to donate . . . and attend the charity fair. Melissa, Todd, Kim and Damara take up the torch at Charlie’s IGA Marketplace selling our amazingly gorgeous fall flower baskets;

 

 

 

John and Jocelyne have become official KBNF truck drivers for the garage sale cause, . . . the corporate luncheon is moving ahead with 90% capacity now achieved, thanks to the amazing work of the Diamond Delivery team and Brian Johal of Westwood Lumbar.

 

What an amazing team of caring staff and friends.

 

 

 

We need volunteers to help with flyers to the community and sponsors for the events . . . if you have a few hours to donate, join with us!

 

 

 

Marj

 


News About Rev. Prof Seth Ayettey, KBNF Advisor and Friend

(Excerpted and edited from the emails of his friend Jim Thomas, Ghana Prisons Ministry)

Seth Ayettey is in Korle Bu Teaching Hospital suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg sustained in an armed robbery home invasion by five assailants at 01:00 Ghana time on October 5th. The thieves broke down many locked doors to gain access. The thieves took all the money in the house and they took the cell phones, and some jewelry.  They said the money was not enough and shot Seth before leaving, in the presence of his wife Cecilia and his seven-year-old daughter Naakai, known to many across North America as Baby Ceci, KBNF’s poster child.

The bullet entered the leg just above the knee and shattered the lower femur. He lost a lot of blood, but the surgeons were able to stabilize him. The operation lasted almost six hours. Another operation is scheduled for Saturday to do reconstructive surgery. Seth remains in ICU; he is talking and in reasonably good spirits.

The police captured four of the five assailants.  Apparently they had robbed five homes in the same manner.  The police set up a perimeter roadblock around East Legon (a district of Accra, Ghana) and the thieves tried to run it. Two were shot and killed and two captured, another escaped.

Discussions are under way to determine if Seth should be brought to the USA for reconstructive surgery to increase the chances of a better functional outcome of his leg.  Unfortunately, gunshot wounds are all too common in the US and their trauma hospitals are experts at these types of injuries. As Jim Thomas shares, “Our concern and major objective is to see that Seth gets the best care.”

Many have already offered financial support to Seth and Cecelia. Seth thanks everyone for their prayers and asks that everyone continue to pray for not only him, but also for the other victims and for the robbers. More information on how friends of KBNF can help Seth and his family will be posted as it becomes available. We will also keep you all fully informed of any developments.


Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer

For those in the Lower Mainland, watch Marj Ratel on Studio 4 with Fanny Kiefer on Shaw TV on Tuesday, October 5.

Marj will be talking about KBNF and the Charity Fair & Garage Sale.

The live show airs from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. and it will repeat at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Paul Holman

Publicist

AHA Creative Strategies


Fundraising Update

KBNF is going all out in October to fundraise in an innovative manner, with the help of Diamond Delivery. This is our first major fundraiser since the fall 2007 Table Tennis Tournament at Kwantlen University. The goal is to raise $30,000 to $50,000 (including corporate sponsorships). This is to give you an update (and advance warning that you are very much needed), so that you can mark your calendars and come prepared to put in a few hours, based on your abilities and availability. (You can also buy stuff at the sale!!!)

No. 1: Container shipment to Nigeria of medical supplies and equipment.

The 40 foot container will arrive Friday morning Oct 1st at the Diamond Delivery warehouse in Surrey (13350 Comber Way, Surrey, B.C. between King George Hwy and 132 St., just north of 72nd Ave).
 Strong people (aka men) are needed to load the beds upright into the container. Mattresses will be put between them. The skids will be loaded with the aid of DD forklift people, but the boxes will be piled to the ceiling, so a stepladder or two will be welcome (to work within the container).

It is planned to work on Friday till mid afternoon and to finish loading on Saturday morning Oct 2nd if necessary. (The container will be picked up and taken to the port on Monday Oct 4.)

The heavier boxes will be put in the bottom and the lighter ones on top, so some sorting of the boxes on the skids will be required. The boxes are labelled – white label with red border on the side of the box with an approximate weight to facilitate this.

The existing preliminary inventory of boxes etc. will require updating as items are packed.

Shipping the items stored at the DD warehouse is making room for the next event (in case it is indoors because of bad weather).

No. 2: Giant Garage Sale and Fair at the Diamond Delivery warehouse Sat Oct 16th.

Volunteers are required for many tasks over the next 3 weeks: Putting up posters, delivering flyers, collecting items for sale, manning the storage trailer at Westwood Lumber at times designated for drop off of items, sorting items in the 40 foot DD trailer (used to collect the sale items), etc. More info on this will be provided shortly.

On Friday, Oct 15th, volunteers will be needed to set up the tables and items for sale at the warehouse, to be ready to go the next morning.

Many volunteers will be needed on Saturday, Oct 16th (between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.) to make sure all goes smoothly with the various activities and that sales are brisk and profitable for KBNF. Volunteers will also be needed at the end of the day to put the tables and left over items into a truck.

On Sunday, Oct 17th, a few volunteers will be needed to take (or accompany) the left over items in a truck for sale at the Abbotsford Flea market, thus tapping into new customers.

Volunteer Committee meetings and planning the events, are occuring every Saturday morning. The next one, on Sat, Sept 25th is to be in Richmond, location yet to be specified. I will keep you informed.

Vancouver people needing a ride on any of these dates can phone me for pick-up.

Plan to give a few hours of your time. Bring another helper along if you can.

Jocelyne Lapointe

KBNF Executive Committee Secretary


Welcome to the New KBNF Website

We are incredibly excited to launch this new online component of Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation. This website is an opportunity for us to let you know what we are doing at KBNF — our plans, our successes, our challenges and how you can help.

We hope that you will participate here on this site, especially on this blog. We’d love to hear your feedback, input and comments on our blog posts. Tell us what you want to know about KBNF, how we can provide you with relevant and timely information, and how we can work with you to keep KBNF moving forward in our vision.

KBNF is a volunteer organization and the development of this website is no exception. This has been a collaborative effort from the start and I want to acknowledge the dedication and the effort of some of the key people involved in this site.

First off, I would like to thank Rick Diamond for providing the funding to have a professionally designed website. It was incredibly important to us that this site meet our needs — and more importantly — your needs. To do that, we engaged a professional web designer to assist us.

Ron Goyette spent a great deal of time defining the objectives of this site, keeping us on track and focused, and he reviewed a huge amount of content so that we could provide you with interesting, engaging and relevant information — and not so much of it that it’s overwhelming. Thanks Ron!

John Hestings Mwotassubi and Norman Glass were also an important part of the web team. Thank you for your help gentlemen!

And thank you for checking out our site. I hope that you will consider donating to KBNF or supporting us in another way. I also hope you will return often to hear what we have been up to. With what we have going on, I think we will have lots to tell you in the next few weeks and months!