An Update On Seth Ayettey

Dear friends and family,

Jim has kept me updated on your responses to the trauma we faced on October 6th from the attack of armed robbers. Cecilia and the girls are so thankful first to the Lord and then to all of you His lovely instruments that have also been channels of His amazing love to us. We have been used to ministering to others and their needs. We never expected that October 6th will change our life and place us in a position to be refreshed by so many saints. What happened to us has already been used by the Lord to let us know how deeply and sweetly we are loved by so many around the globe. Some of you we have never even met. You just spontaneously responded to our needs as for brothers and sisters in Christ. We thank you all very much. Broken doors have been replaced, security has been strengthened on the recommendations of the Ghana Police, we have installed a battery invertor to ensure continuous supply of electrical power when the main power is interrupted; we also have an air-conditioner in the area I sleep for comfort. I also have a brand new computer with modern features to enable fast communication and with full internet service for a year as a gift from anonymous friends at World Vision. Many of you have also responded to our special request for funds to build the school for the children at Shiashie so they develop their God-given talents. Our personal needs have been met abundantly — including those for my medical care. Friends in Ghana including the President and his wife and members of Faith Presbyterian Church (where I minister) have shown much love. My professional colleagues have looked after me like a ‘king’ and given me their best. They kept me at the ward reserved for the President of the country. Prayers continue to be offered world-wide and letters and well wishes cards continue to come our way. All these have been God’s blessing in the healing process for which Cecilia and I are deeply grateful.

We are close to 3 months since the attack and injury. The Lord has been good to me. I have made significant progress. All wounds have healed and the plaster cast is off. The limb is free for me to continue flexion exercises. I am at 70 degrees and working towards 90. Weight bearing will begin in a week. Pray that this will be successful so I can get back to walking soon.The knee had been quite swollen but this is getting better. I look forward to the day that I shall return to ministry at the Church and also to return to teaching at the Medical School. I miss the students.

May the Lord use what He has allowed in my life to bless many beyond what we can expect.

We thank you all again so much. We love you all deeply and are praying for you for a joyful celebration of Christmas and the peace of the Lord through 2011. Jim Thomas is here visiting and to keep me company. He will join the Prison Ministry team this Saturday to celebrate Christmas with inmates and officers. This will be the first time I shall miss Christmas celebrations in the prisons since this begun in 1995.

Seth and Cecilia


Finance Project Update

Here is some good news for our donors, members and volunteers. Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation, with the support of your generous donations, is committed to implementing an online fundraising tool that will help to reduce volunteer administrative workload and free up more time to focus on the much needed effort to raise funds.  We have been working on this project for months and now it will soon be a reality!

We are so excited about the new online fundraising software tool called DonorPerfect, which offers so many opportunities for the project, some of which are as follows:

  • Manage constituent contacts and donor development, send personalized communications, successfully handle special events and easily run all types of fundraising.
  • Enter, recognize and manage gifts and pledges quickly and accurately.
  • Manage our campaigns and analyze the results.
  • Manage all our fundraising information in one complete source and integrate it with our accounting software.
  • Enjoy the ability to run different types of reports to assist with assessing the impact of each fundraising activity.
  • Quickly generate reports on donations, memberships, grants, campaigns and events.
  • Harness the Internet and web-based technologies in order to serve our mission and improve fundraising results.

I am also delighted to point out that we have added an IT project coordinator volunteer to the Finance team with more than 30 years of experience in IT that will assist with the implementation of the online fundraising software in 2011.

We hope that you will continue to support Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation with donations through the various fundraising efforts to help bring this project to fruition.


Education and Training Update

Dr. Wayne Moore, Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Professor Richard Gyasi

The KBNF Education Committee is very pleased to have hosted Professor Richard Gyasi, Head of the Pathology Department of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for 6.5 weeks in October and November. He enhanced his knowledge of brain pathology and the techniques required to study it at the Vancouver General Hospital, under the direction of neuropathologists Dr. Katerina Dorovini-Zis and Dr. Wayne Moore.

Because of already available equipment at KBTH, Professor Gyasi will be able to institute new procedures in studying the brains of Ghanaian individuals suspected of having died of neurological disorders, as well as bringing greater knowledge to the interpretation of microscopic slides of brain tumours. He now has a friendly “Vancouver connection” that he will be able to consult for his more difficult cases, via the Internet.

Professor Gyasi’s visit to Vancouver was made possible by Dr. Felix Durity, who worked through a lot of institutional red tape, by the support of his colleagues at KBTH and the University of Ghana. It is the expectation of the KBNF Education Committee that this type of educational experience can be replicated every year, helping to enhance Ghanaian and West African expertise in many neuroscience related disciplines.


Thank You For Attending Our Fundraiser!

Thank you to all of our Fraser Valley visitors who attended our Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation inaugural Charity Fair and Garage Sale, at Diamond Delivery. Every arrival was eagerly anticipated, as our team gave their best to raise funds to support the transformation of health care delivery for Ghana and West Africa. Richard Lee, MLA, North Burnaby, played table tennis, challenging the past KBNF team winner, Kingsley Agyeman. We were also blessed with the participation of Mel Davis, of Globetrotter fame.

Neuroscience education, training and research, and biomedical engineering are just a few of the principal tools we identify as parts of the “full tool kit” critical to sustainable health care, as we partner with Ghana to transform Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital into a major West African resource and North American standard hospital.

The Surrey Leader mentioned the event and featured an image.

Our next planned fundraiser will come in early 2011, as we conduct our first KBNF Scrabble Tournament. We will keep you posted!

Marj


Dear Charity Fair and Garage Sale Team!

I trust you are all recovered from the events of Friday and Saturday. My, what an amazing time of teamwork and family. When Rick and I sat down over lunch in August, never did we appreciate all the work that would be done for the next many weeks, to achieve our goal of raising awareness, both corporately in the city but also in the community at large. Having a new website was the first accomplishment that took amazing teamwork and got done in record time. . .

To have the support of so many, including staff, foundation members and their friends and family, was incredible. Even before the events, much was donated in terms of preparatory time, donations for the garage sale, spreading the word around, securing other volunteers.

To have the family support of the Diamond family, including Rick, Sue, and Alyssa, and Alyssa’s boyfriend — just wonderful. Rick gives and gives and gives, and does not want recognition for himself, but to meet the objectives and reach the outcomes. He lives in his heart, and yearns for everyone else to live in their heart as well. Wearing the “for Seth” on the teeshirt sleeves was just wonderful. I have since forwarded a photo to Seth’s family to show him. It has already encouraged Seth to no end.

I know that Sue spoke from her heart as she shared the value of expert care and how it can make such a difference in West Africa. She has committed to helping further, and for that, I am most grateful. There are very few with neurological challenges, that will entire the public eye and speak. It has been a challenge in neuroscience for a long, long time. Sue did so with style and class and courage and passion. Thank you!

To have the family support of the Johal family, including Brian and his daughters and son-in-law. Giving of their entire day to the Fair and Garage Sale, doing whatever is asked of them, just tremendous. Brian’s people skills when potential customers came into the warehouse was refreshing and lively. Lots of laughter could be heard across the floor often . . .

Alethea and Jillian, just a mammoth 24/7 effort in recent weeks, to ensure we had things in order for the events. Attention to details is their forte, and they backed up their instructions with action. I commented that having not even known we existed in the summer, to spending their very breath on our project, every moment they possibly had available, including waking up in the middle of the night to plan another piece to the event, simply amazing. Balloons, silent auction items, were high on the agenda targeting a goal of $10,000, and this week, Rick continues to sell gift balloons to the corporate community to optimize our fundraising.

To have the support of the KBNC — UBC, led by Ash, just tremendous! Delivering flyers in Langley and Surrey, so appreciated. Always willing to help wherever it was most needed was the key word. Where can I be most effective? is what was asked and off they would go to do it.

For the Kwantlen Students led by Charles Quist-Adade, President of the GCABC, delivering flyers throughout the Surrey area.

To have the support of Renato, Karl, Rich, Shirley, Maria, Chelsea, Danny, and the whole Diamond Team, inspite of our tight timelines, and challenges, eager to help us make this weekend a success, thank you. Renato, to be committed to spreading the word about our foundation and helping us to be better and better, just wonderful. DD, as promised, your bathroom spruce up is coming soon!!

To the Diamond Delivery warehouse and truckers, led by Glen and his wonderful team . . . always supportive, helping above and beyond the call of duty, staying late at the office . . . for us . . . NEVER any tension or complaint ever . . . just amazing. . .

To my family, Danny and Diane Moe, and for their support and for Diane’s 4 colleagues, coming both days and giving freely . . . Danny, you inspired many as you expertly MCed the Corporate Luncheon. Giving a gift back, that’s what we are all about. We may ask, but we also want to give and you did that with style.

To our honored guests, the Surrey Councillers including Mary Martin, Richard Lee, MLA, North Burnaby, Dean Valli, centre for the BC Lions, and Miss BC Tara Teng, thank you for taking time away from busy schedules to contribute to our Luncheon and Fair. I have since met with Richard at his office, and he continues to offer his support to us. He thoroughly enjoyed the events and has posted a photo of himself and Rick at the ping pong site on his website. He was quite pleased with that, especially as the ball is captured in air.

Miss BC is passionate about her opportunity to make a difference in our province, country and world, as she hits human trafficking head on, desiring to stop it in its tracks. She was so gracious in her attendance and we applaud her. She’s heading to Ottawa to meet with the Senators next week and discuss what Canada needs to do to stop this in our country and abroad. We need to pray for her.

BC Lions’s chaplain, Dave Klassen, followed up with me Monday, asking how things went. That attention to detail and care will bode well for future requests.

A very special guest that made considerable effort to attend our Charity Fair and contribute is Mel Davis, of Globetrotters fame. Mel and his wife attended and in fact purchased the silent auction nativity set. Mel gave a demonstration and great support to our cause.

For Yvonne and Noelle and Daniel, for their Queen Mother procession and dance along with carrying things on your head the African way demonstration. Just great! This was captured by our PR team, Paul and Ruth, from AHA, coming in on their day off from Gibsons and sending off photos and notes to the media immediately thereafter. We trust we will see them in print this week. Keep a look out!

All of our KBNF family and friends, too many to name here, just amazing. Many of our members spent hours driving to locations to pick up garage sale items, a very time consuming endeavour. John, Derek, Kwabena, Brenda, Jocelyne, Ash (President KBNC — UBC) and others, spent time heading out sometimes daily to pick up items from all over the lower mainland. Others helped with flowers and donations and baking and making signs and filling in wherever the need arose.

Trucked in by Jocelyne and Norm, . . . flower baskets, hours and hours of labor from Sharon in my backyard, as we pulled them together. Norm and Ruth, Melissa, Damara, Brenda, Adele, Jocelyne with support from Charlie, owner of IGA Marketplace, selling flower baskets come torrential rain or shine, amazing.

Norm worked day and night, making sure signage was dealt with, flyers ready to go, details arranged, just to mention a few. Brad, Aaron and Colin, giving their time to take out flyers house to house, and helping set up. Melissa, helping to set up schedules and rolling up her sleeves whatever was needed, Aaron Asante, our faithful African music inspired DJ the whole of the day . . . outside, no less and never a complaint, but just happy to help . . . Just awesome!

The Garage Sale set up team included many and worked into the wee hours of the morning, requiring little to no sleep for the busy Saturday. Lynne, Norm, Melissa, Aaron, Ale, thanks so much! Jocelyne and Brenda, giving until there was simply no more left in “our engines”, incredible commitment. That work ethic is truly what makes us so special. It makes no difference if we are doctors, nurses or other professionals; this is a family that is focussed on the outcome, that of bringing world class health care to West Africa. And we’re doing it!

Westwood Lumber, housing a Diamond Delivery truck on the property, and for DD to take the expense of a truck sitting dormant when it could have been in service, again, this is what made the garage sale possible.

Our corporate sponsors would not have donated, had it not been for all of you reaching out and sharing our story and our vision and gripping the hearts of the corporate world that this project should be a focus of their support.

Many more should be specially mentioned, but suffice to say, the glory ultimately goes to God, for the opportunity to be a blessing, for blessing our efforts and for the ripple effect that is growing even now.

Rick would ask me repeatedly, what is the main reason for these events? I would respond: “To raise awareness in the community of who we are and what we are doing”. He would affirm, saying he didn’t care if “3 forks were sold”, it was all about raising awareness and community support long-term. Well, we have definitely raised awareness in many regions / companies that would not otherwise have heard about us. I continue to hear from them, even this morning.

I may have missed mentioning some of our team and I do apologize. Your contributions and commitment are not taken lightly and are totally appreciated. We will definitely be in touch with you in the coming days.

I pray that this will be a Fraser Valley launch that helps to catapult us to greater achievements in the months ahead in Vancouver and beyond. We’ll be sure to let you all know the amount raised as soon as the donations have finished coming in. Do keep going to the website, as we add information to it.

Blessings from above and love . . . to you all,

Marj

President

KBNF / KBF