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Dar organizations raise 56m/- for fistula, water

4th October 2011
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THT performing

Touched by aims of Shear Charity Ball, companies and organizations contributed 56m/- to be used to support fistula surgery at Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Tanzania (CCBRT) and water and sewage maintenance at Amana District Hospital.

Organizers of the Charity gala planned to raise 50m/- for the two charitable activities but the money exceeded by 6 m/- and the chairperson of the committee Shekha Nasser thanked companies , organizations and individuals who contributed the money .

Shear Charity Ball is organized to cerebrate the existence of Shear Illusions and all the money raised at the event are used for to help various charity organizations in the country.

The function was spiced up by performances from Tanzania House of Talent (THT) and Mutati dancers from Kenya.

Merrymakers and guests who attended the function could not resist the temptation of dancing along with pure and mature music performed by THT and the Kenyan group.

First to perform was THT, who took the audience back to memory lane when they performed music from Elton John and other legendary musicians.

The Tanzania group also showed the gathering their ability to dance salsa.

After the local performances, the Kenyan group was invited to perform the group did not waste peoples time as they went straight into business by performing five songs , which left the gathering asking for more while others were clapping hands a sign of satification .

After the performance it was time for speeches and first to speak was Shekha Nasser who is the chairman of the organizing committee she thanked all those who made the function a success.

She also said there more to be done as the country record over 3,000 cases of fistula women annually but only 700 are repaired

Shekha explained that fistula is curable and could be prevented through improving health services and road infrastructure which very often prevent ailing people to assess health facilities..

“I am really grateful to companies, organizations and individuals who have decided to help contain this problem in women. It is my hope that the money raised will give some women with fistula a new lease of life and also maintain water and sewage system at Amana Hospital,” she said.

She also asked other companies and organizations to sponsor the event next year; she said sponsoring the event is of great importance as it helps to change the life of a suffering woman for good.

On her part, the guest of honor at the event, Chief executive officer of Benjamin Mkapa HIV and Aids Foundation, Dr Ellen Senkoro thanked Shear Charity Ball Committee for organizing the annual event which she said would help change the lives of fistula women in the country

She also identified some contributing factors to an increase in the number of obstetric injuries like fistula as gender disparities, lack of education, harmful cultural practices and limited resources.

“Am really happy for what you are doing , let me assure every one who contributed to this noble cause that the money and materials you have given will help to change the life of a fistula suffering woman somewhere ” she said

She also said she was glad that more women with fistula were seeking medical help. Senkoro said human resource had also become a problem and there was a need for all to collaborate.

The Shear Charity Ball is in its second year, last year event raised 15m/- which was shared equally between CCBRT and Save Our Souls (SOS) Dar es Salaam Village.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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