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Aker Qserv Helps JCI Aberdeen Send Beds to Ghana

16 November 2010

Oil services company Aker Qserv has helped alleviate the suffering of sick children in Ghana after a successful campaign to raise the funds needed to send beds to a children’s hospital in the country.

After months of fundraising activities, a total of 18 beds were shipped off on November 12 as part of a drive by Junior Chamber International Aberdeen (JCI) to get the desperately needed beds to a youth facility in the country’s capital, Accra.

Aker Qserv are principal sponsor of the project which started in January when Sam Murray, ex president of JCI Aberdeen visited Ghana in 2009 to see how money raised was being put to use.

Various fundraising events have taken place including a race night and an activities day at the Aberdeen Highland Games in June, as well as receiving numerous donations and sponsors.

JCI Aberdeen President Arlene Hutchinson said: “We are delighted to have managed this project and are extremely grateful to Aker Qserv and all sponsors and contributors for this very worthwhile cause. It has been a long time in coming but we are delighted that the beds have been shipped and will soon be increasing the quality of care delivered to children at the Princess Marie Louise hospital. We have been in touch with colleagues in JCI Ghana and they will be at the portside in Accra when the beds arrive.”

Aker Qserv’s international operations manager Lee Kazmierczak said: “Access to basic healthcare facilities is something which many of us take for granted but this project will help make a real difference to the lives of a great many people in Accra. We are so glad so many people got behind the project, lending their support and generating funds and I am delighted that the beds are finally on their way.”